Lewis certainly writes a good story, this one about his time as a bond salesman on Wall Street during the 80′s. Now I feel like I don’t need to read “Bonfire of the Vanities”.
I seem to be doing a bit of a survey of the early twentieth century. In this case, a study of the four main central bankers of the period and their role in the disasters, financial and otherwise, that befell us throughout. According to this author, their folly and tragedy was clinging to the gold standard long after it had become a hindrance.
My country was such a different place before FDR and World War II. It is a struggle to see that world through 19th and early 20th century eyes. FDR’s responsibility for the transformation cannot be underestimated and this book does an estimable job of reviewing his life and work. Highly recommended. But having finished it, I can’t say I have any idea where his radicalism came from. Perhaps this is not the fault of the book; he seems to have been a fundamentally private person. And a truly singular one at that.