Friday, March 5, 2010

Review: Starting Over by Andy Serwer

Bookended by 9/11 at the beginning and an epic financial meltdown at the end, the first decade of this century will surely go down as one of the most difficult in American history. We were plagued by a series of catastrophes and major missteps, from the convoluted presidential election in 2000, to the invasion of Iraq, to the devastation of Katrina as well as all manner of financial shenanigans such as Enron, the tragedy of GM and Bernie Madoff.

It wasn't just coincidence that this carnage all occurred over the past ten years though. Rather, much of it was brought about by years of neglect and deferral of responsibility. In this book, FORTUNE Magazine Editor Andy Serwer explains how we fell into this national hole and more importantly, how we can and will pull ourselves out of it as we head into what could well be another most promising decade for America. Critical to this rebound is a learning of the lessons of the recent past such as accepting responsibility, punishing financial alchemy and excess, and refocusing on our core strengths like innovation and a political system which is a beacon to the rest of the world. Now is the time for Starting Over.



Received from the publicist for review.

This one gets three stars. It was a slim book at just 85 pages. I'm not entirely sure why this was made into a book, let alone a hardcover. It was really just a lengthy magazine article. That said, it was very well written and coherently discussed the issues in question.

★★☆☆ = Liked It



2 comments:

CinciMom11 said...

Oh, this sounds great! I love to read books like this! Like you, I'm surprised that such a short piece was made into a hardcover.

Steve said...

I also read this book and I wondered why they went to the trouble to make this into to hard bound addition. The overall substance of this book is good, but I feel there are many more areas that has caused the financial melt down i.e. wasted government spending, government oversight that wasn't being done, burdensome business taxes, etc. This book could of become a great documentary of what really went wrong and has a strong preface to such a documentary. At the end of book they left several blank pages that seem to be screaming ... please write more!

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