Book review - Robert Peston's "How Do We Fix This Mess?" (2013)
Full title: 'How Do We Fix This Mess? The Economic Price of Having It All and the Route of Last Prosperity'
Authors: Robert Peston and Lawrence Knight
Price: I paid £8.99 from Waterstones
For anyone looking to understand the financial crisis and how we got into this 'mess', this is the book. It is extremely easy to read as it's written in plain English, every sentence is interesting, it's witty and it reads like a novel you can't put down. Which, having read other books/articles on the matter, is no small feat. Peston takes you clearly through each inter-related nugget of the economy (speculative finance, it's casino culture and subsequent financialization, globalization, the banks, etc. [all of which you'll understand as you go along]) and exactly how we came to be in the position we are in today, how it is potentially going to get worse, how it could get better and interestingly... why London's so bloody expensive. But, critically (without political agenda) why we should be worried about the future of capitalism. Definitely worth the time if you have it. Enjoy!
Another review: Financial Times - 'As good as it gets'
BA Criminology & Sociology
University of Kent
Third year undergraduate