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Urprised how readable and interesting this book turned out to be If you re thinking about reading it spoiler alert the authors present capitalism and America in a England in America, 1580-1652 favorable light your best approach would be to download theree Kindle This one is a bit hard to review It has its good points and is entertaining is spots It is a too basic and clearly intended Battle Scars: A Story of War and All That Follows for a general reading audience It is well written and draws on the best of current historical scholarship The book also has a clear perspective which is a mixed blessingThis is a one volume history of American capitalism that stretches temporallyrom colonial times to the beginning year of the Trump administration The lead author is a The Economics Of Business Enterprise former head of the Federal Reserve and a legendary guruoracle ofinance during the 1990s and early 2000s He is not Comparative Contract Law, Second Edition freerom concerns that he may have contributed to some of the events in the book through his policies His coauthor is a well known and very skilled business writer Breakfast with Anglo for the Economist magazine I suspect that this book is seen as a potential textor some introductory classes as various secondary and post secondary levels as well as perhaps in some online MOOC courses On this account the book is effective and if there had to be one text with this set of coverage parameters one could choose worse ones than this Readers can One Big Damn Puzzler follow up this book with others and make their own judgments regarding gaps and balanceAs a basic book Greenspan s perspective about a grand history of American capitalism with aocus on entrepreneurship and creative destruction is valuable It is really important Landscapes of Communism for a book to have a strong story so that readers see how the range of events that go into such a historyit together at least or less The book views the history of American capitalism as the progressive triumph of entrepreneurship that has led to American prosperity and which has brought benefits to the masses that were hardly dreamed of at the time of the revolution This occurs through processes of innovation and creative destruction that lead old ways of doing things to the dustbin of history while ushering in new and productive approaches Good bye buggies horses and buggy whips hello automobiles but The problem with grand historical narratives especially of economic activity is that they are inherently oversimplified and at their worst simplistic Yes yes the country has prospered but what about those pesky costs social and economic that arose NORJAK from creative destruction and were imposed upon others who did not make life choices that were blessed by the economic gods and perhaps did not see the history as a beneficial one especiallyor them Indians Women Slaves Freed slaves Chinese laborers Don t trouble me with details after all one needs to break some eggs to get This does not even begin to cover the costs of workers and amilies dislocated by economic changes with reduced possibilities or second chances At a metaphysical level how does one begin to think about the roads not taken Ok so the US went or mass production and consumerism was the alternative to that really Stalinist repression or third world poverty The simulation allacy looms large here and we will never know what might have happenedA broad history almost has to adopt a position that of course there were the disadvantaged and dislocated and that slavery and continental expansion were hard on indigenous people but it all turned out or the better didn t it Up to a point I understand this but seriously It is really not OK as a method to average out the costs of massive social change across The Various Parties Personal Utilities various parties Personal utilities not standardized or interchangeable Do were really want to dismiss the subjugation of millions of slaves along with the traumas standardized or interchangeable Do were really want to dismiss the subjugation of millions of slaves along with the traumas on reed slaves and their dependents by Jim Crow That is a bit hard to Bedford Square (Charlotte Thomas Pitt, fit into the story without wincing Once you get going on this it should be possible to rationalize anything in the name of progress anythingMore generally a book like this must of necessity be an amalgamation of numerous subsections each of which has its own body of scholarship behind it For US economic history there have been huge advances in research on virtually every topic included in this volume To the authors credit they cite the right researchers and appear to have done their homework I know where to turnor detail The trouble of course is that I See Rude People for any of these topics the implication of the research isar HVAC Design Sourcebook from clear evenor experts For a new reader to this area I have to think that Melvin Menchers News Reporting and Writing follow up reading will almost invariably lead to the conclusion that the history isar complicated and hard to clearly interpret than is made the case in this volume There is always nuance and it is not always clear how hard the authors are pushing their particular perspectives as opposed to broader levels of consensus Particularly egregious was the critical analysis of the New Deal and the mini recession of 1937 as well as the concluding analysis of the current causes of reduced US economic dynamism Virtually all along the way the perspectives of the authors are uite clearThis is OK so I do not agree with the march of entrepreneurship and creative destruction story in its The Far Dawn (The Atlanteans, full range and detail There are other stories to tell as well and the effort to present a grand narrative is problematic But if it gets people to read and think about these topics and perhaps even read in detail and take issue with the authors then thator me is a good resultI did not get much new material out of the book but I was able to stick with it and did not give it upIt was OK and worth the effort. Rs argue America's genius has been its uniue tolerance or the effects of creative destruction the ceaseless churn of the old giving way to the new driven by new people and new ideas Often messy and painful creative destruction has also lifted almost all Americans to standards of living unimaginable to even the wealthiest citizens of the world a ew generations past A sense of justice and human decency demands that those who bear the brunt of the pain of change be protected but America has always accepted pain Bare It All (Love Undercover, for gain and its vaunted rise cannot otherwise be understood or its challengesaced without recognizing this legacy For now in our time productivity growth has stalled again stirring up the populist Bare It All (Love Undercover, furies There's no better moment to apply the lessons of history to the most pressing uestion weace that of whether the United States will preserve its preeminence or see its leadership pass to other inevitably less democratic powe. .
A compelling narrative which chronologically covers the economic history of the United States The 19th and most of the 20th century are covered in detail with interesting insights but the last 25 years do not get the same attention The last chapter proposes a policy response to America s An Elusive Victorian fading economic dynamism whichailed to entirely convince me Nevertheless well worth reading Capitalism in America uses history to A Bird in the House frame Alan Greenspan s traditional conservative ideology and his prescriptionor the Staging Tourism future maintenance of the macroeconomy With this book as evidence I submit that his old school brand of conservatism while palatable than the mindless populism currently in vogue relies upon a several convenient omissionsrom the economic history of the United States as well as a uintessentially aristocratic perspective on labor For that reason I am deeply skeptical of his conclusionsOne thing Greenspan shares with Trump s populist movement is his belief that things used to be better Not in terms of living standards Greenspan goes on The Last Imaginary Place for several pages about the hardships of colonial life but in terms of economic structure The book begins with his commemoration of the 18th century Americans who in theace of great adversity managed to build a better society than Britain s From 1600 1766 the colonies enjoyed the world s Not Just Roommates fastest growth rate growing than twice asast as the mother country And by the time they were ready Cassidy Harte and the Comeback Kid (Outlaw Hartes, for divorce Americans were the world s richest people with an average output her head of 471 a day measured in 2017 dollars Americans were two to three inches taller than Europeans They were alsoertile by 1800 the new country had dozens of universities at a time when England only had two He expounds upon the great resources and open space the pioneering men of the age used to create this economy using hard work and ingenuity within a system Jean-Paul Sartre free of regulation He commends theounding Vintage Games fathersor banning internal tariffs and extending property rights to ideas via a system of copywriting He Zamba fails to mention that theree land and resources were stolen The Erotic Motive in Literature from the people who already lived there Heails to mention that women could not own property until the mid 1800s In later chapters he discusses slavery and calls it barbaric but does not backtrack tarnish the rosy picture he painted of America in its infancy In other words his vision of early America The Detour focuses on the economic advancement of white men and blurs out everything elseI think this is the narrative many conservatives share of the early days of the United States It is a myth of merit based achievement and the myth persists after the Civil War with the rise of oil steel and railroad tycoons I should stop to say that Rockefeller Carnegie and JP Morgan deserve creditor their work just as Eli Whitney deserves credit or his cotton gin because I don t claim that these titans of industry had nothing uniue about them They were brilliant workaholics who pushed society into the 20th century But Greenspan waves his hands at liberal accusations of ineuality and mistreatment of the common laborer saying these businesspeople where neither robbers nor barons These men got rich by rolling up their sleeves and seizing their chances He discusses the pollution overcrowding and of industrial American cities but never suggests that His Great Capitalists Had Anything great capitalists had anything do with or could have done anything to improve mattersI interpreted Greenspan s history prior to 1930 about half the book as a merely backdrop or his philosophy of political economy I The Adventures of Rusty first saw glimmers of this philosophy emerge in his chapter on the great depression In this chapter he makes two things clear government spending is bador the long term health of an economy and labor unions will slow economic growth He rails against Roosevelt s New Deal and takes repeated shots at the union agreements that were signed in this era The Treaty of Detroit was eating away at the oundations of American affluence I ound myself groaning at his apparent disregard Mamá for living wages and other benefits In any case heinds a way to apply these two components of his philosophy to each decade until the present throughout the rest of the bookI thoroughly disliked the extent of Greenspan s bias in this book He uses Enron as an example of prosperous American enterprise that went under at the turn of the millennium conveniently omitting anything about their rampant accounting and energy When Mutants Attack! (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fraud He laments the overreach of government regulation citing a child s lemonade stand that got shut down in Maryland aew years ago In Fearless (Nashville Nights, fact the incident in uestion apparently involved kids hawking bottled beverages under a 10oot by 10 The Bomber Dog foot tent near a nationally televised sports event an operation mostly orchestrated by the parents This is an intellectually dishonest misconstrual of theacts I am confident dozens of other examples exist in the book that I did not catchFor this reason I m skeptical of the conclusions Greenspan makes regulation government spending and organized labor Specifically although I think we can up regulation I think it plays a crucial role in Novelas de Isabel Allende fostering aunctional if not safe society I agree that we could streamline social security but I think medicaid should be expanded in act I believe in single payer healthcare I irmly disagree with his misgivings on labor I think laborers should be organized Executive pay needs to be cut and distributed to the work The Fearless Critic Portland Restaurant Guide force Greenspan would have a heart attackNow comes the HOWEVER Iound some value in reading this book I agree to some extent in his thesis that cre. From the legendary Top Secret Executive Resumes, Second Edition former Fed Chairman and the acclaimed Economist writer and historian theull epic story of America's evolution rom a small patchwork of threadbare colonies to the most powerful engine of wealth and innovation the world has ever seenShortlisted or the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year AwardFrom even the start of his Becoming Violet fabled career Alan Greenspan was dulyamous Serial Killer Quarterly Vol.2 No.7 Psychotic Killers for his deep understanding of even the most arcane corners of the American economy and his restless curiosity to know even To the extent possible he has made a science of understanding how the US economy works almost as a living organism how it grows and changes surges and stalls He has made a particular study of the uestion of productivity growth at the heart of which is the riddle of innovation Where does innovation comerom and how does it spread through a society And why do some eras see the ruits of innovation spread democra. Ative destruction drives progress I even agree that the current economic environment disincentivizes such creative destruction with start ups generally selling themselves to big uasi monopolies rather than defeating inefficient ageing competitors with complex regulations impeding entry to new business Further I walked away with two new ideas 1 perhaps social security should be need based and not age based I m not sure Greenspan explicitly suggested this idea in the book although he certainly proposed pushing the age to receive ederal retirement benefits to 67 or even 70 years of age If you have 2 million in your retirement Finn Family Moomintroll fund should you really be getting a checkrom the government every month at the expense of the health of the economy2 I m now less convinced that Roosevelt s New Deal was the economic boone I previously believed it to be In The Glass Palace fact between 1931 and 1937 unemployment increasedrom 16% to 17% Gross National Product and private investment did not return to pre crisis levels until the advent of World War II Without a counterfactual we can t know the true value of Roosevelt s policies But my beliefs on the matter may be shifting nowAs annoying as I Something Like Fate found much of this book I can t walk awayrom something that both kept me interested and introduced me to new ideas without giving it at least three stars Capitalism in America A history by Alan Greenspan is an interesting overview of the history of Capitalism in America and generally an examination of economic trends in America A Gun for Sale from conception to modern times Greenspan is theormer chair of the Federal Reserve in the United States and as chair a rampant supporter of the high growth lasseiz Archetype (Archetype, faire capitalism that was common in the States in the 1980 s and 1990 s The book has its particular biases which I will talk about later The book generally examines US economic historyor the past ew centuries From an Agrarian economy at its inception to one that promoted chattel slavery onto industrialization in the 19th century In the 20th century the US economy began to take the shape it has today irst a modernizing economy dominated by industries but slowly evolved into the global power we see today with control over global trade A Gun for Sale finance and with a very powerful domestic industryocused on services and consumerism The book closely examines the great men who made this possible your Ford s Rockefeller s etc etc Greenspan is very much enthused with these Capitalist giants and although he does mention some of the negative externalizes they unleashed on the economy he mostly People of the Book focuses on the positive no criticism necessarily The development of modern management structures production techniues industrial organization and soorth mostly originated or were innovated in the United States Greenspan is also positive on the development of middle management culture and the promotion of shareholder value as a key pillar of the Encore, Grace! financial system of the US Greenspan does examine modern issues such as the growth of stagflation inefficient labour ie powerful unions and workforces and the bubbles of the 1990 s and early 2000 s which was an era of growthocus over economic stability Greenspan s solutions to the 2008 recession are vague not a bad thing necessarily He seems to take a Chicago school outlook criticizing banks or their lack of reserves on their balance sheets He does talk about the positive and negative aspects of creative destruction how capitalism has historically disrupted previous generations in avour of new techniues production efficiencies and ideas This is one of the key playoffs of the book Greenspan admits that the negative aspects of creative destruction can be damaging but ultimately concludes they are worth it and those protesting against changes are like modern Luddites Greenspan is a capitalist of the 1990 s big on inance positive toward shareholder value but thoughtful on slow conservative reform of the economic system The downsides of rampant capitalism are clear but Greenspan looks at the positives throughout history and are clear but Greenspan looks at the positives throughout history and concludes the cost benefit analysis is in avour AS my rating attests this book is positive but a mixed bag in my opinion I certainly do not Tarot Says Beware (Herculeah Jones Mysteries, fully agree with his prognosis on Capitalism and Greenspan sawning endorsement Destroying people now to encourage creative destruction which largely benefits the already wealthy in order to reform the system in their avour is not a positive thing in my opinion Wealth should be distributed evenly across societies The rabid and unfaltering adherence to pure individualism in society in modern times is wrong communities must and should share resources promote each others well being and wealth labour leisure are efficiently divided among all individuals Greenspan would not agree some great men it seems are worthy of wealth than others even if they trend toward megalomaniac behaviour Greenspan is not populist but thoroughly capitalist Their is no room or a democratic system that promotes the interests of consumers workers and the poor Instead the market will efficiently allocate resources if the G in government remains small Whatever I think about these ideas they are certainly ideas If you are interested in Capitalism or economics *At All This Is *all this is good if basic overview of American Capitalism It is certainly simple in some parts and lacks greater detail on all sorts of interesting topics but even so is worthy of a read Afterlands for the discourse and historical overview it offers I would recommend this book to those lookingor a status uo analysis of Capitalism in the United States I was pleasantly Tically and others including our own see the oppositeIn Capitalism in America Greenspan distills a lifetime of grappling with these uestions into a thrilling and profound master reckoning with the decisive drivers of the US economy over the course of its history In partnership with the celebrated Economist journalist and historian Adrian Wooldridge he unfolds a tale involving vast landscapes titanic Deutschlandreise figures triumphant breakthroughs enlightenment ideals as well as terrible moralailings Every crucial debate is here Lucia from the role of slavery in the antebellum Southern economy to the real impact of FDR's New Deal to America's violent mood swings in its openness to global trade and its impact But to read Capitalism in America is above all to be stirred deeply by the extraordinary productive energies unleashed by millions of ordinary Americans that have driven this country to unprecedented heights of power and prosperity At heart the autho.