This forum post is hidden because you have chosen to ignore jackieangel. Show Details
This forum post is hidden because you have submitted an abuse report against it. Show Details
THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST by Stieg Larsson. Translated by Reg Keeland. (563 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $27.95)
Reviewer David Kamp in part: "If you’re a latecomer to the Stieg Larsson phenomenon, here, briefly, is the deal: Larsson was a Swedish journalist who edited a magazine called Expo, which was devoted to exposing racist and extremist organizations in his nativeland. In his spare time, he worked on a trilogy of crime thrillers, delivering them to his Swedish publisher in 2004. In November of that year, a few months before the first of these novels came out, he died of a heart attack. He was only 50, and he never got to see his books become enormous best sellers — first in Sweden and then, in translation, all over the globe.
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the third installment of the trilogy; its predecessors, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire, have already sold a million copies combined in the United States and many times that abroad. All three books are centered on two principal characters: a fearless middle-aged journalist named Mikael Blomkvist, who publishes an Expo-like magazine called Millennium, and a slight, sullen, socially maladjusted, tech-savvy young goth named Lisbeth Salander, the 'girl' of the books’ titles, who, in addition to her dragon tattoo, possesses extraordinary hacking abilities and a twisted, complicated past. Together, Blomkvist and Salander use their wiles and skills to take on corporate corruptos, government sleazes and sex criminals, not to mention these miscreants’ attendant hired goons.
In any event, it’s sad that Larsson died, and that The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest is the last book he finished. I’m not surprised at the reports that many American readers, suspended in mid-momentum by the ambiguous ending of Book 2, sprang for pricey imports of the British edition of Book 3 instead of awaiting its publication here. Reading Stieg Larsson produces a kind of rush — rather like a strong cup of coffee."
Reviewer Louis Uchitelle in part: "Seldom in our 230-odd years as a country have Congress and the White House had the fortitude to impose on American bankers and financiers a set of regulations sufficiently stringent to prevent them from pushing us into destructive panics and recessions. And once again Washington may be demonstrating its lack of backbone.
As Simon Johnson and James Kwak recount, the struggle to keep bankers in check goes back to Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, with results that have usually been mixed. Given the leeway to undermine the economy, bankers and financiers have done just that.
To put it bluntly, as this book does: the efficient-market hypothesis does not work. It never has. Markets are not self-correcting. Left to their own devices, bankers at the biggest institutions can’t seem to stop themselves from speculating with borrowed money until they inevitably crash the system.
Johnson, a professor of entrepreneurship at M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management, and Kwak, a former consultant for McKinsey & Company, tell this story in matter-of-fact prose."