I like to think of myself as fairly intelligent. When it comes to finance, though, I rarely feel smart.
When my husband starts to talk about iron condors, straddles, and strangles, my brain shuts down. I listen, look intently, and try to follow his explanation, but somewhere among the puts, calls, and expiration dates, I get lost. It seems like my brain just physically cannot follow his logic.
So I knew I had a huge task at hand. I wanted to write a book about the recession, and this recession is all about economics. How could I learn enough about it to accurately convey its meaning to my readers?
I started with Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of how Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System– and Themselves
. This book was daunting at first; I gawked when the librarian handed it to me, the weight of it falling dead in my hands.
A woman behind me in line at checkout cooed. “That looks miserable! Are you going to read that whole book?”
At that moment, I was sure. “Yes,” I replied. “I’m going to force myself to ready every damn page.” I eyed the page count: 624 pages. This would require discipline, for sure.
But Sorkin writes his book like a novel, with well developed characters that are fun to know. I read the book in five days, and it left me thirsting for me. It was a very good place to start, indeed.