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The Man Who Knew - The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan

Sebastian Mallaby

The definitive biography of the most important economic statesman of our time Sebastian Mallaby's magisterial biography of Alan Greenspan, the product of over five years of research based on untrammeled access to his subject and his closest professional and personal intimates, brings into vivid focus the mysterious point where the government and the economy meet. To understand Greenspan's story is to see the economic and political landscape of the last 30 years--and the presidency from Reagan to George W. Bush--in a whole new light. As the most influential economic statesman of his age, Greenspan spent a lifetime grappling with a momentous shift: the transformation of finance from the fixed and regulated system of the post-war era to the free-for-all of the past quarter century. The story of Greenspan is also the story of the making of modern finance, for good and for ill. Greenspan's life is a quintessential American success story: raised by a single mother in the Jewish émigré community of Washington Heights, he was a math prodigy who found a niche as a stats-crunching consultant. A master at explaining the economic weather to captains of industry, he translated that skill into advising Richard Nixon in his 1968 campaign. This led to a perch on the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and then to a dazzling array of business and government roles, from which the path to the Fed was relatively clear. A fire-breathing libertarian and disciple of Ayn Rand in his youth who once called the Fed's creation a historic mistake, Mallaby shows how Greenspan reinvented himself as a pragmatist once in power. In his analysis, and in his core mission of keeping inflation in check, he was a maestro indeed, and hailed as such. At his retirement in 2006, he was lauded as the age's necessary man, the veritable God in the machine, the global economy's avatar. His memoirs sold for record sums to publishers around the world. But then came 2008. Mallaby's story lands with both feet on the great crash which did so much to

The definitive biography of the most important economic statesman of our time Sebastian Mallaby's magisterial biography of Alan Greenspan, the product of over five years of research based on untrammeled access to his subject and his closest professional and personal intimates, brings into vivid focus the mysterious point where the government and the economy meet. To understand Greenspan's story is to see the economic and political landscape of the last 30 years--and the presidency from Reagan to George W. Bush--in a whole new light. As the most influential economic statesman of his age, Greenspan spent a lifetime grappling with a momentous shift: the transformation of finance from the fixed and regulated system of the post-war era to the free-for-all of the past quarter century. The story of Greenspan is also the story of the making of modern finance, for good and for ill. Greenspan's life is a quintessential American success story: raised by a single mother in the Jewish émigré community of Washington Heights, he was a math prodigy who found a niche as a stats-crunching consultant. A master at explaining the economic weather to captains of industry, he translated that skill into advising Richard Nixon in his 1968 campaign. This led to a perch on the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and then to a dazzling array of business and government roles, from which the path to the Fed was relatively clear. A fire-breathing libertarian and disciple of Ayn Rand in his youth who once called the Fed's creation a historic mistake, Mallaby shows how Greenspan reinvented himself as a pragmatist once in power. In his analysis, and in his core mission of keeping inflation in check, he was a maestro indeed, and hailed as such. At his retirement in 2006, he was lauded as the age's necessary man, the veritable God in the machine, the global economy's avatar. His memoirs sold for record sums to publishers around the world. But then came 2008. Mallaby's story lands with both feet on the great crash which did so much to
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The definitive biography of the most important economic statesman of our time Sebastian Mallaby's magisterial biography of Alan Greenspan, the product of over five years of research based on untrammeled access to his subject and his closest professional and personal intimates, brings into vivid focus the mysterious point where the government and the economy meet. To understand Greenspan's story is to see the economic and political landscape of the last 30 years--and the presidency from Reagan to George W. Bush--in a whole new light. As the most influential economic statesman of his age, Greenspan spent a lifetime grappling with a momentous shift: the transformation of finance from the fixed and regulated system of the post-war era to the free-for-all of the past quarter century. The story of Greenspan is also the story of the making of modern finance, for good and for ill. Greenspan's life is a quintessential American success story: raised by a single mother in the Jewish émigré community of Washington Heights, he was a math prodigy who found a niche as a stats-crunching consultant. A master at explaining the economic weather to captains of industry, he translated that skill into advising Richard Nixon in his 1968 campaign. This led to a perch on the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and then to a dazzling array of business and government roles, from which the path to the Fed was relatively clear. A fire-breathing libertarian and disciple of Ayn Rand in his youth who once called the Fed's creation a historic mistake, Mallaby shows how Greenspan reinvented himself as a pragmatist once in power. In his analysis, and in his core mission of keeping inflation in check, he was a maestro indeed, and hailed as such. At his retirement in 2006, he was lauded as the age's necessary man, the veritable God in the machine, the global economy's avatar. His memoirs sold for record sums to publishers around the world. But then came 2008. Mallaby's story lands with both feet on the great crash which did so much to

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dan Woren

Length:

29h 14m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

00:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:14


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:30


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:12


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:23


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:42


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:12


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:53


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:07


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:12


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:28


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:04


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:11


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:12


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:31


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:26


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:50


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:56


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:15


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:31


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:37


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:03


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:35


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:10


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:47


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:27


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:18


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:59


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:22


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:33


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:35


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:32


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:04


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:45


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:19


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:39


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:23


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:08


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:06


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:15


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:47


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:16


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:39


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:12


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:54


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:12


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:48


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

07:59


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:02


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:52


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:40


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:13


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

02:49


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:28


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:08


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:15


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:55


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:34


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:01


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:21


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:32


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:18


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

02:45


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:32


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:46


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:22


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:28


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:38


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:02


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:39


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:30


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:11


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:15


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

08:14


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:48


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:53


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:27


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

05:28


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:32


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:16


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:10


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:19


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:34


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:24


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:36


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:43


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:49


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:52


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:08


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:16


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:05


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:41


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:14


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:47


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:33


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

06:39


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:52


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:52


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:38


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:20


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:01


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:51


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:26


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

05:46


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:09


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

06:30


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

07:34


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

08:24


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:28


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

09:02


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

07:03


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:32


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

06:44


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:18


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:36


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:39


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:59


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

06:21


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:38


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

05:36


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

06:05


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

07:29


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

05:12


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:41


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:14


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:47


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:02


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:38


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:35


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

08:26


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

06:18


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

03:07


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:31


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

04:14


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:07


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

06:54


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

06:12


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

04:41


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:41


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

07:04


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:58


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

04:44


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

07:52


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

07:29


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

08:27


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

02:35


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

06:02


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:30


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

06:24


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

05:09


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

06:16


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

04:45


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:58


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

04:52


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

05:10


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

06:32


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

06:24


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

08:12


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

05:14


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

06:55


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

07:19


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

07:00

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