Every weekend, CSPAN2 turns into Book TV–a channel dedicated to books. Most of the programs are presentations by the author of a book they’ve recently written. It’s a wonderful way to get a quick synopsis of a book without having to read the whole thing. That talks are usually recorded from a book signing event, a university speech, etc.
Here’s an example, from Oct. 11, 2009. It was “Financial Fiasco: How America’s Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis,” by Johan Norberg, of the Cato Institute.
The author basically showed how the monetary meltdown of 2008-2009 occurred. There were many contributors–the government, home owners, banks, and regulators. And, much as I hate to admit it, the Bush administration was just as guilty as Barney Frank. And the thing that stuck in my mind the most was this–added regulations are not going to help, because there were many watchdogs on guard that completely missed the event while it was happening. How can we trust the same regulators who screwed up the first time to do it right this time?
Anyway, you can see the upcoming schedule at booktv.org. Set an Outlook reminder to check it out on Friday evening or Saturday morning, so you can set your DVR to record an interesting title.