In order for me to truly learn a subject matter, I need to hear it, experience it and see it. (In that order). (And ultimately, teach it). I actually suspect that things like the Serial podcast (which gained such enormous traction last Fall) are this generations' response to how we learn -- it's quite different from how it used to happen. Anyway, that's for a different blog post.
Enter Audible.com -- an internet 1.0 company that survived the fall-out and one that I have huge respect for. Don Katz (Audible CEO) & Guy Story (Audible Chief Innovation Officer) are some of the most interesting & innovative people I've met on this side of the Mississippi -- and they've pioneered a technology that, while simple, is a life-changer for people like me.
My Audible.com playlist is filled with non-fiction, education-based books. Although I must admit I own this particular book in hardcover, on iTunes AND on Audible....when I want to check back on historical data to help inform future predictions OR I simply want to remember a time in our country's recent financial history, I put this book on my Sonos sound system and get to listening.
This is a wonderful book because Alan Greenspan has a brilliant way of bringing the reader right back to the time and place where policy was affecting market conditions. Where his decisions as Fed Chairman seemed to change the axis on which our earth was spinning. Where the markets began to reinvent themselves to create the environment we see today.
Because he was Fed Chairman for SO long (1987 - 2006) and served as an adviser and friend to many of the President's of the United States over the course of his professional career, he has a unique and welcome disposition in the changing tides we live through: one that I hold in high esteem when I look at our collective future.
Finally, can't leave this bit out -- I've been a student of the Federal Reserve since 2003 when my mentor and teacher, Professor Pat McGuire, told me if I understood macroeconomic conditions, I could understand how economies everywhere work. Thusly, I've owned this book since it was published (an untimely publishing -- in the middle of the recession)...and studied it like a textbook since that time. Last summer (2014) I got to spend the weekend with the co-author of the book, Peter Petre. Life has a beautiful way of coming full-circle just when you least expect it...stay open, stay curious, kiddos, you never know where it might lead you.
With that, I bid you adieu until next time -- would love to know what YOU are reading/watching/consuming! Write it below or drop me a line.
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