Monday, May 22, 2017

Swimming With Sharks - Joris Luyendijk

The Swedish subtitle augured well; "A journey into the inner workings of finance."
I know virtually nothing about finance, and scratch is generally a pretty good starting point.

I did learn. Some. For instance, I gained awareness of how narrowly we avoided worldwide catastrophe in the 2008 crisis, and how little has changed since then.

The author - a London-based Dutch journalist - has conducted 200 interviews with City-insiders and published them on his 'Guardian'-based blog. His findings seem well-sustained and his conclusions not too far off.

And still, for some reason, I didn't learn as much as I had hoped to.
The writing and the presentation both felt fuzzy and vague, and the whole book just didn't come off as very educational. At least part of that might have been due to the Swedish translation, which was uninspired and old hat at the same time.

In short, a couple of hours unfruitfully spent..!

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