Review of the Book:
Re-Solving the Economic Puzzle
by Walter Rybeck
GroundSwell, July 2012]
GroundSwell has learned from Walter Rybeck, author of the
book, Re-Solving the Economic Puzzle (see July-August 2011
issue of GroundSwell) that the book was a runner-up for The
Peoples Book Prize. The winner is decided exclusively by the
publics vote. The prize offers no money but aims to bring
attention to highlight authors solely on talent and ability. Patron of
TPBP is Frederich Forsyth, British investigative journalist and author
of The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File, and other
bestsellers. Rybeck was one of three Spring 2012 finalists in the
Non-Fiction category. His competiton was 101 Days to Make a Change)
(by Roy Leighton, Emma Kilbeym, and Kristina Bill) and Life Behind
Bars (by Kate McGregor and Linda Tweedie.)
Some of the comments from the voters in the contest were sent to Walt
Rybeck and are republished below.
Rybeck understands the causes of our past, current and future
economic problems. Public officials need to read Re-solving the
Economic Puzzle and change their methods/systems of collecting public
I found the book as moving as it was informative. The authors
personal story is compelling and illustrates what can and should be
great about this country. The counterpoint between his memoir and
economic analysis makes accessible to me a whole technical world that
has previously seemed foreign.
Insightful and easy to read. Rybeck opens our eyes to a different way
to deal with real estate that can free us from the destructive boom-and-bust
economic rollercoaster. Rybecks proposal would create a more
just and productive economy.
A must read for anyone interested in the land question and how the
ups and downs of land values are linked to our economic fortune!
A helpful contribution to the debate on our economic problem. A
creative new approach to solutions.
This is an important book. It will tell you some things that the
standard economic views of the left and the right will not. The authors
reminiscences of growing up and building a career are also of
At this time of local and global economic crises we need all the
helpful perspectives we can find to figure out how to respond and what
direction we need to take to build a world that works for everyone.
This comprehensive overview of what is wrong and what would be rightif
only we changed our systems of public finance and halted the theft of
our common public wealth by a framework so established and pervasive
we hardly see it. The book provides real-world prescriptions to
provide a just society while providing an environment for sensible
growth and prosperity.
Rybeck is right on the money. His dissection of the flaws in our
economic system is superb, negating the experts
clueless explanations. Why not try something that always, always
(Walt Rybeck may be eamiled at Waltrybeck@aol.com After a career in
journalism as Latin American correspondent, editorial writer in Ohio,
and Washington Bureau Chief for Cox newspapers, he became Assistant
Director of the National Commission on Urban Problems, then Editorial
Director of the Urban Institute and assistant to Congressmen Henry
Reuss of Milwaukee and William Coyne of Pittsburgh. He is currently
director of the Center for Public Dialogue.)