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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Alchemy
A great book and well worth the read for its insight into the history of Central Banking and various financial crisis, to its more biographical approach on the three main characters of the modern crash, Bernanke, King and Trichet.

It is a great combo of facts about "how it all works" to the gripping story of what has been happening in the last 5 years...
Published 5 months ago by Richard Atkinson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Feels more like a compilation of diary entries, and probably is, but quite readable
Published 1 month ago by TeaLover


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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Alchemy, 28 Oct. 2014
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A great book and well worth the read for its insight into the history of Central Banking and various financial crisis, to its more biographical approach on the three main characters of the modern crash, Bernanke, King and Trichet.

It is a great combo of facts about "how it all works" to the gripping story of what has been happening in the last 5 years or so.

I would highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly relevant in understanding the core dynamics of monetary policy ..., 28 Aug. 2014
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Highly relevant in understanding the core dynamics of monetary policy and economics. It reveals the details when financial crisis occurs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The masters of the universe, 1 Oct. 2013
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The Alchemists: Inside the Secret World of Central Bankers
By (author) Neil Irwin

After a dramatic reconstruction of the beginning of the credit crunch, Washington Post journalist Neil Irwin, who has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a master's degree from Columbia's journalism school, where he was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economic and Business Journalism gives us a tour of how central banks became such a critical part of the global financial system. The bulk of the book deals with the shadowy and unknown world of the most influential bankers on the planet. Men who were never elected to public office suddenly became the real masters of the universe.

Ben Bernanke of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Mervyn King of the Bank of England, and Jean-Claude Trichet of the European Central Bank. Over the next five years, they and their fellow central bankers deployed trillions of dollars, pounds and euros to try and contain the waves of panic that threatened to bring down the global financial system.

The Alchemists is a fascinating account of the most intense practice in economic crisis management and at the same time an insight of the role and power of the central bank. This is an exclusive, behind-the-scenes view of their work, and a better understanding of banks and their significance in our lives and livelihood.

This large book presents a high-drama, panoramic story of history of the relationship between capitalism and the state. It is definitive, revelatory and riveting. The Alchemists shows us where money comes from and where it may well be going. It tracks the story of the last five years from the vantage of the central bankers as they worked in close coordination to try to keep ahead of unfolding events, the global financial crises.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic overview of the major events in the crisis from a central banking point of view, 25 May 2014
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The book follows three central bankers (FED, ECB and BOE). In its narrative and sequential simplicity it helps the reader to view the events from a spur of the moment perspective which can help even those who don't know much about the topic of central banks better understand what kind of goals these people have in mind and how they go about achieving them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unbridled greed and corruption., 1 Mar. 2015
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A very good none technical explanation of human greed and the abuse of mathematics. The basic message repeats the cause of previous crashes: the controls are relaxed and the criminals rob us of the future. The only down side is a lot of repetition.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 29 Jan. 2015
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Feels more like a compilation of diary entries, and probably is, but quite readable
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 25 Jan. 2015
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The book is good condition, great content
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