Book Review: Clash of the Financial Pundits

Clash of the Financial Pundits by Josh Brown and Jeff Macke is the must read of 2014.

First, there’s the awesome author combo of Brown and Macke.

Brown shares his classic wit and wisdom in exploring the history of financial media the way that only the Twitter and CNBC superstar can.

Yahoo! Finance’s Macke interviews a star-studded cast from which all readers can benefit.  His questions are as intriguing as his subject’s answers.  It is easy for the reader to tell he knows his stuff.

From Jim Rogers and Ben Stein reflecting on financial media over the years to Karen Finerman and Henry Blodget discussing the current state of affairs and a wide variety of other topics, there is an amazing array of characters interviewed.

Macke’s candor regarding his own trials and tribulations in the financial media, both in the brief script-flip with all-around genius James Altucher as well as the “Car People” chapter, bleeds an authenticity that readers can feel.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book is the discussion and interview conducted by both authors with Jim Cramer.

The backstory behind Cramer’s trip to The Daily Show to face a hostile crowd following the financial crisis is priceless.

It is a great reminder that there are always two sides to every story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I am confident you will too.