Synopses & Reviews
In a sweeping narrative about the people and the politics behind the budget, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Wessel looks at the 2011 fiscal year (which ended September 30) to see where all the money was actually spent, and why the budget process has grown wildly out of control. Through the eyes of key people—Jacob Lew, White House director of the Office of Management and Budget; Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office; Blackstone founder and former Commerce Secretary Pete Peterson; and more—Wessel gives listeners an inside look at the making of our unsustainable budget.
"Accessible overview of America's contentious deficit politics by the Wall Street Journal's economics editor." ---Kirkus
The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, columnist, and bestselling author of In Fed We Trust
dissects a topic that is fiercely debated today in the halls of Congress and the media, and yet is misunderstood by the American public.
About the Author
David Wessel is economics editor of the Wall Street Journal and writes the publication's "The Capital" column, a weekly look at forces shaping living standards around the world. Prior to joining the Wall Street Journal, he worked for the Hartford Courant and the Boston Globe. He is a frequent guest on NPR's Morning Edition and has shared two Pulitzer Prizes. David is also the author of the New York Times bestseller In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke's War on the Great Panic. He and his wife live in Washington, D.C. Lloyd James has been narrating since 1996, has recorded over six hundred books in almost every genre, has earned six AudioFile Earphones Awards, and is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award. His bestselling and most critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley, Jr., Ben Hur by Lew Wallace, Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitskin, and Mystic Warrior by Tracy and Laura Hickman. Lloyd's background as a performer includes extensive work in classical theater and folk music. He lives in Maryland with his wife and children.