Narrations

This section is dedicated to literature and music: short stories, book and CD reviews, etc.

Questa sezione è dedicata alle narrazioni: racconti, recensioni di libri e di dischi, etc.  

Obama's Speech

"…..And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government. "   Whatever your opinions are, I can see something really revolutionary in these words...ad maiora...

Raghuram G. Rajan and Luigi Zingales, Saving capitalism from the capitalists. Unleashing the Power of Financial Markets to Creat

The theme of book is clear from the start: “Capitalism, or more precisely, the free market system, is the most effective way to organize production and distribution that human beings have found. While free markets, particularly free financial markets, fatten peoples’ wallets, they have made surprisingly little inroads into their hearts and minds. Financial markets are among the most highly criticized and least understood parts of the capitalist system.” Why is this, the authors ask?

Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and its discontents, Penguin, 2002.

The theme of book, in the author’s own words, is that “often the free market not only doesn’t bring social justice but doesn’t even achieve efficient results. For most countries in the world globalization, because of how it’s managed, is like a pact with devil. In all countries there are people who get rich, GDP data, for what they’re worth, present the best results but the tenor of life in general and basic values are being threatened.

Émile Zola, Money, translated, with a preface, by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly, Mondial, 2007.

The Paris of Napoleon III in 1867, on the eve of the Exposition Universelle, is frenetically active, deafened by the noise of the all the sites opened by the Prefect Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who gutted the old city to remodel it as a modern metropolis of boulevards and shopping galleries. Here, as in London and New York in the same period, financial speculation was a simplified, extreme form of “the eternal desire that spurs people to struggle and live”. “A great dream, of making a hundred cents out of one”.

Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter, The Rebel Sell, Harper Collins, 2004.

This book is set to become a classic. The basic premise is that counterculture has taken the place of socialism and communism as the platform for political radicalism.

Michael Crichton, Prey, HarperCollins, 2002

More interesting than the narrative in itself are the details and setting, which is a modern corporation operating in the defence market. Its business is advanced research in the field of nanotechnology.

George A. Akerlof, An Economic Theorist's Book of Tales, Cambridge University Press, 1984

Submitted by pArticip8 on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 16:11. The 2001 Nobel Prize for economics went to George A. Akerlof, A. Michael Spence and Joseph E. Stiglitz “for their analyses of markets with information asymmetry”.

Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital

Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else, Basic Books, 2000. Why are some people rich and others poor? And more significantly why are some nations more prosperous than others? This is the great mystery of capitalism, an enigma that’s become even more dramatic since the fall of the Communist regime, when the market economy seemed to be the only remaining way to organize a modern economy.

John Berendt, The City of Falling Angels, Penguin, 2005.

Diary of impressions. The book opens with a tragic event that no lover of Venice will ever forget: the fire at the Fenice. Having arrived in Venice the evening before, John decided to pay homage to the city’s grief. A fire in Venice is no ordinary fire – it’s a permanent wound, it represents a risk, the death of a city perched on wooden piles in the waters of its canals. Its theatre is one of the most magical symbols of that risk.

Frederick Rolfe, alias Baron Corvo, The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole

A Romance of Modern Venice, written for the most part in 1909, was published in London in 1934. This posthumous publication was the merit of A.J.A. Symons, also author of The Quest of Corvo. An experiment in biography, 1934.
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