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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (471 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Sowell Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is a plain-English explanation of how we got into the current economic disaster that developed out of the economics and politics of the housing boom and bust. The “creative” financing of home mortgages, and the even more “creative” marketing of financial securities based on these mortgages to countries around the world, are part of the story of how a financial house of cards was built up and then suddenly collapsed.

The politics behind all this is another story full of strange twists. No punches are pulled when discussing politicians of either party, the financial dangers they created, or the distractions they created later to escape their own responsibility for what happened.

Sowell unravels the tangled threads of the situation and explores the implications to reveal some surprising and sobering lessons.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For anyone looking for a straightforward and honest discussion of the origins of our current crisis, informed by a deep understanding of both economics and politics, The Housing Boom and Bust is required reading.”

    Washington Times

  • “For Washington politicians to get away with spinning the financial crisis the way they have suggests that the American people are either stupid or ignorant. I hope it’s ignorance because The Housing Boom and Bust is the cure.”

    Walter E. Williams, Washington Times

  • “Sowell’s account qualifies the standard story that greedy investment bankers and mortgage brokers caused the whole crisis.”


  • “With decades of economic analysis behind him, Sowell achieves a clear and concise assessment of the housing debacle, which is enhanced by Robertson Dean’s methodical narration. Sowell provides a cogent narrative of causal events and points out connections beyond the standard simplistic discussions of predatory lenders and corrupt politicians... Overall, Dean’s role as narrator is pivotal to the production as he emphasizes key points for the listener. His delivery keeps the potentially dry topic of economics compelling and comprehensible.”


  • “Sowell’s latest book, The Housing Boom and Bust, is an economic primer on the housing bubble, but more importantly, it is an examination of the ruling class’ inability to leave well enough alone.”

    American Spectator

  • “America’s best writer on economics, particularly when that discipline intersects with politics.”

    World Magazine

  • “[In praise of the] coherence and detail of Sowell’s telling.”

    Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeremy Mettler | 2/8/2014

    " A different view on the economy than what is normally written "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sally | 2/2/2014

    " This was a quick read, but very helpful to me in explaining what happened in the housing market and lending institutions. I felt sick to my stomach as I finished the last chapter, because I do feel like our country is going down the wrong path and I can't understand why our leaders seem so eager to rush headlong into disaster. Sowell talks about the current administration's desire to rush legislation through without allowing for thoughtful discussion: "From the standpoint of those who seek to remake the economic institutions of America, the worst case scenario would be to have the economy begin visibly recovering on its own before they can get their blueprint for salvation enacted into law." I'd love to think these were words of paranoid conspiracy theorists, but they sure look true to me. God save America. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Void lon iXaarii | 1/8/2014

    " I can't say I liked this book as much as some of Sowell's other books, in particular his "Citizen's guide to the economy", but it does tackle a more specific & near world subject as opposed to general or historical considerations and I can see why it would have such a big appeal to many as it explains quite well some o...f the issues leading up to the present global economics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Grant | 12/16/2013

    " If you really want to know what caused it instead of the nonsense currently being circulated. Very Readable. "

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