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Former Prime Minister writes about the current world financial crisis, with insight into how nations can work to achieve growth on a global scale.

©2010 Gordon Brown (P)2010 Simon & Schuster

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The all round knowledge and clarity of thought presented here in amazing. Enjoyed reading this.

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Nothing personal

I read this just after Blair's memoir 'A Journey'. What a contrast. This book is all about economics and nothing about the man's personal journey. Still, I found it engaging, and it is always exciting to read the 'I was there, this is how it happened, detail'. I had the scary feeling that Mr Brown that was saying: I only failed before because I had too little power. Give me more power and I next time will be able to organise the world according to the GB image. I for one do not want him to try.

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Interesting exclusions

Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond the Crash to be better than the print version?

This book fails to mention that Gordon himself set both hedge and private equity tax to way below any standard. The only reason Gordon dropped capital gains tax to 10% was to promote hedge and private equity spending for the rich.
This enabled excessive business takeovers and caused the crisis we now face.
His choice back in the mid 1990's to encourage the rich while exploiting the poor is appalling, yet it still continues.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gordon Brown really sickens me.

Have you listened to any of Gordon Brown’s other performances? How does this one compare?

One is enough. Although it truly is not about that.
I believe that Gordon himself does not know the true extent of the damage he has inflicted.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of it distresses me.

Any additional comments?

Gordon please know that your thoughts are irrational.

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  • Roy
  • 14-12-10

The British View

This is the inside story of Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's involvement in the global economic crisis. It is one dire read for sure. Just his reminder of the run on London banks causes pause. Beyond that, Brown outlines what he believes has been learned and what can be done to allieviate other such problems. This is a work in progress and this is Brown's first run at this issue. No doubt he will follow up as he refines his thinking. I certainly hope so. This is not a memoir, but the reader benefits from his political insight which is readily available. This book is a welcome respite from the work of academic economist though their work is highly informative. Mr. Brown reads his well written book. You may or may not agree with his perspective, but Gordon Brown is thinking about the global economy and sharing his ideas with everyone. That is good.

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  • Jim
  • 07-03-11

Read Blair's book instead

Ironic that Gordon Brown didn't write regular memoirs, as he didn't serve as PM for long enough to fill a book. It would have been interesting to hear Brown's side of the story after having read Blair's book.

Its no secret that Brown is far left of Blair and this book is clear evidence of that. Nothing but mindless liberal rants.

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