Ed Conard: The Man Behind the 'Most Hated Book in America' (Video)
Ed Conard is Mitt Romney's former partner at Bain Capital and the author of the provocative new book entitle Unintended Consequences, which argues that economic inequality is a sign that the economy is working. In this far-ranging interview on Big Think, Conard discusses why he chose to speak out at the risk of embarrassing Romney, and how he responds to the attacks that have been leveled against Bain Capital.
Due to his argument that income inequalty is a sign that the economy is working, The New York Times called former Bain Capital Managing Director Ed Conard's book, Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You've Been Told About The Economy Is Wrong the "most hated book in America."
In this far-ranging interview with Big Think's CEO Victoria Brown, Conard discusses why he chose to speak out at the risk of embarrassing Romney, and how he responds to the attacks that have been leveled against Bain Capital.
Among the highlights: Conard said that if Mitt Romney can't survive scrutiny of Bain Capital "he won't be elected President." As for The New York Times: "they misunderstood my book." What about the criticism of Bain Capital's acquisition of a steel company? "We killed ourselves at Bain trying to make the company work."
Watch the video here:
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