Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book Review: Rise of the Warrior Cop

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces
Radley Balko
Jul 9, 2013
400 pages

  I've been a fan of Radley Balko's reporting for at least half a decade.  He has a way of reporting serious or tragic events with humor and intelligence that makes them both palatable and understandable.  He is the journalist responsible for compiling the incidents of wrong Botched Police Raids mapped out at the Cato Institute.
  This book seems to be about half new content and half a compendium of his best articles. I enjoyed it although there wasn't too much I didn't already know.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Book Review: Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises

Review: Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises
Author: Charles P. Kindleberger & Robert Z. Aliber
Published Date: 2011

  Kindleberger's book was full of fascinating historical anecdotes but unfortunately seemed to get muddled by it's non-chronological style.  Early on the book introduces Hyman Minsky's three part taxonomy of finance (Hedge, Speculative, & Ponzi) and continues through history using these classifications to explain various well known economic events.
  They style of the book was exemplary as a dispassionate and informative review of a highly politicized topic. I couldn't pin down the authors personal opinions yet he still discussed "fringe" areas of economics, like Austrian economics, with the same deference as more mainstream schools. 
  All in all, this book is probably meant to be more of a reference book or academic study book rather than to be read straight through by laymen.