New Adventures in Book Blurbing

Via Twitter, William Kramer points out something funny. Here’s a review of Anat Admati and Martin Hellwig’s The Bankers’ New Clothes excerpted by Amazon:

Maybe regulators will finally listen to Admati and Hellwig after the next financial crisis. (Kevin Drum

I’m perfectly happy for this snippet to be memorialized, since I know what Admati and Hellwig said and I happen to agree with them. Still, that sentence was written based solely on various internet conversations that were making the rounds a few weeks ago. As my post about their book said, “I haven’t read it.” Generally speaking, it’s probably best for publishers’ blurbs to be restricted to people who have at least pretended to read the work in question, no?


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