I want to make some points clearer in my review that seemed to have been missed. Richard Poe is a wold class writer and intelectual. When one picks up any Richard Poe book one expects a first class reading adventure. His latest book is an excellent book but he does challenge a meaty subject George Soros.
The prevailing conventional wisdom of George Soros is that he is brilliant but borderline insane. The George Soros portrayed by Richard Poe is calculating, deceptive and naive. Soros is pursuing an economic policy that has failed everywhere it has been tried. Social engineering and income redistribution does not work. Investing in human capital ala India or China does work but it takes time. Is Soros looking for a Silver bullet to solve vexing economic problems or a quick feel good fix.
In general when I disagree with Mr Poe he is 100% correct. On this matter one can be a bit of both brilliant, calculating, deceptive, naive but also off kilter. I do not think the meglomaniacal aspects of Soros came across in this portrayal. Soros seems to think the world revolves around him.
Mr Poe has clearly made his case of the potential danger of Soros and the disaster his global vision would cause.The book needed one more chapter to be a classic. The book is crying out for a chapter that answers the following questions.
What laws has George Soros violated? The prohibition against individuals conducting their own foriegn policy has been trashed by Soros. Nobody elected or appointed George Soros to conduct foriegn policy. Some of Soros's dealing were illegal. Using the media to boost financial strategy is unethical. Is Soros using the financial media to line his own pockets?
This was a very good book that just needed one extra chapter.