Video #3: Let’s Skip World War 3

Here’s video #3. For more info on this video project, and why I’m doing it check out this post.  This was actually going to be video #1, but since it was the first, a whole bunch of lessons had to go in to making it which slowed things down. I did this one with lots of help from Allison Jester, but the problems with it are all mine.

One of the hardest things about these videos is doing the voice well. After hours of trying to record a compelling voice track, I started asking around for professional voiceover artists. It’s insane how many voiceover people are out there (and ready to work for what seem ridiculously low rates). There are also a lot of people who think, like I did, “That’s so easy, I can’t do that!” Some friends recorded tracks, but the non-pros didn’t sound any sharper than I did. Then, I tried out some pros. And they are amazing. But they all sound like ads, or movie trailers. And there seems to be no way to get them to turn it off.

I think one of the reasons this format attracts audiences on YouTube is that you feel that you’re hearing from someone who really cares about the content. So in the end I settled on using my voice and hopefully my skills will improve over time.

Here comes World War 3 — but wait! There’s something we can do.

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Here are the links to the books mentioned in the video:

On the PR campaign that hoodwinked America to give up…

Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Crusade Against the New Deal…/…/B003U6YKS4

The Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy…/…/B000FBJH9Y

Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics…/…/0691161011

On Germany and Japan developing their economies *on purpose*…

Postwar Japan as History…/…/0520074750

MITI and the Japanese Miracle: The Growth of Industrial Policy, 1925-1975…/…/0804712069

Finance Capitalism Unveiled: Banks and the German Political Economy…/…/B071J4V43P

German Economic and Business History in the 19th and 20th Centuries…


Voice and script Zack Exley
Made in collaboration with Allison Jester

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