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.
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"The 2012 presidential election is over, but the federal deficit lives on, ever growing and devouring the future. David Wessel's book is a riveting guide to the mess that is the deficit and the sloppy monstrosity that is the federal budget. Lloyd James is the perfect narrator for this short audiobook. His genuine-sounding interest in his topic is engaging. As he expertly varies inflection to hold listener interest, he adds the occasional dollop of irony to his performance. Together, Wessel and James have created a concise, accessible, and pretty scary guide to the nation's finances. G.S.D. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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