Sporadic, anti-intellectual and reads like the writings of someone I know from the center of America, which is all to say that I loved it. The great playwright David Mamet, whose work on acting and writing is also enjoyable, unleashes attack after attack on the Liberal intelligentsia, entertainment industry and establishment. He’s been in the world of the left for years and is a wonderful example of what happens when people start to read the great writers; they challenge what they thought the knew.
Drawing on all the authors I love (Sowell, Friedman, Hayek) Mamet points out the Left’s flaws. What makes this book unique and worthwhile is the examination of entertainment and writing. This is where his expertise comes into play and makes him more than just another person ranting about the left (such as me). Answering questions about why all of Hollywood is liberal, Mamet demonstrates the idiocy of it all. Also, Mamet’s understanding of history and literature is entertaining and insightful.
At times it reads like a conversation with a good friend since it jumps from topic to topic. This can be hard, but overall works. Here is a guy who doesn’t pull any punches and is willing to challenge the sacred cows. He’s an interesting character and I enjoyed learning more about his life. 4 of 5 stars.
Here is my review from Goodreads: Wapshott’s new and popular book Keynes/Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics covers multiple disciplines and I love that(my reviews of Peter Robinson’s books are almost obnoxious because of that love). Centering around the life of the two giants (biography), the developments of the UK and US (history) are explained. Interweaved is economics behind both men’s brilliant writing and commentary. While some chapters (especially the one about Keynes/Hayek argument over the definitions in Keynes’ Theory of Price) can be a bit dry, the book has an overall wonderful, driven narrative. Here we have the king of economics and a little unknown Austrian who struggles with English fighting it out. While Keynes was seen as the winner for years, Hayek has made a come back especially since his Nobel award in 1974. Wapshott does a great job showing that development. It is also interesting to see the personal stories about two men who aren’t really thought of as living people, but more as theories. I won’t spoil the great story about the two men during WWII. Also for me, it was fun to hear again stories about Hayek and Friedman that I’ve read in Friedman’s memoirs.
At the beginning of the book, Wapshott says we will figure out who won the argument. I know who I think won, but Wapshott seems to think it still up in the air. Throughout the book he gives an even-headed assessment of both men’s contributions and failures as economists. I’d check it out if you like economics and history.