An entertaining and thought-provoking exploration of economic theories that have been both widely accepted and largely wrong … I devoured it in a couple of sittings.
Tom discusses getting shouted at by Donald Trump, war zone reporting and applying investigative reporting tools to economics.
I couldn’t put it down. A thorough and nuanced examination of the evolution of supply side economics and the debates we had around how to put the theory into practice. I loved it.
Wonderful book very lively read…
Tom discusses Free Lunches, Labour market regulation and economic myths with RSA Chief Executive (who moonlights as the government’s Director of Labour Market Enforcement and was previously head of policy for PM Tony Blair), Matthew Taylor.
Market fundamentalism has done a grave disservice to society, promising fixes to the world’s problems based on a naive application of a narrow set of principles. In this engaging and thoughtful book, Tom Bergin lays bare the contradictions with this simplistic form of economic thinking. It’s an essential read to understand where economics has erred—and how it can do better.
A brilliant tour de force exposing the limitations of economic theories. Bergin punctures many accepted myths and – with care and rigour – demonstrates how much accepted economic orthodoxy is based on ideology and not reality. A very readable and well-researched book that we all should read.
It took just over a year for the story of BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill to wash up in a tide of new books on the disaster. Of all the accounts so far, Reuters oil writer Tom Bergin provides the most compelling look at how BP found itself with President Barack Obama’s boot on its throat and two-thirds of its market value evaporating.
Bergin…. has provided the best assessment yet of how the accident was rooted in the nature of BP.
A gripping story of corporate hubris and incompetence.
A robust read on the combustible history of big oil.
If you want to know why BP got itself into such a mess before and after Deepwater Horizon, Spills and Spin is an excellent and reliable account.
As much page-turning thriller as it is an historical account. Bergin neatly weaves company history into the drama of the days and weeks following the worst oil spill in history and keeps you gripped at every stage.
Bergin’s book is accessible, lively and utterly compelling…
This is an account of that sorry saga (the Deepwater Horizon Disaster), written in tremendous style by the Reuters oil correspondent who covered BP for many years before the fateful moment in April 2010.