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The Alchemists: Inside the secret world of central bankers by [Irwin, Neil]
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Brilliantly reported and riveting, Neil Irwin's The Alchemists is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the global reach of the financial crisis through which we are still living. The international perspective brings a fascinating and wholly new dimension to the story, one that has until now not been adequately told. (Liaquat Ahamed, author of 'Lords of Finance')

Brings events to life without losing sight of the bigger issues (Money Week)

[Mr. Irwin] has provided an accessible, engrossing account of the tribulations that Mr. Bernanke, with Mervyn A. King of the Bank of England and Jean-Claude Trichet of the European Central Bank, endured in pulling the world financial system back from collapse... Mr. Irwin seems to have talked with everyone, read the right scholarly papers and interviewed important dissenters in the Fed, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and the Bundesbank... He has a nice touch for translating central banking's mysteries, opaque and forbidding, into understandable English. He is astute in describing the internal and external politics of institutions traditionally expected to remain above politics of the usual sort. (New York Times)

A detailed and fast-moving account of these perilous years. This is the crisis as told through emails, phone calls, meetings and one very fateful walk along the beach in Deauville, France. (The Wall Street Journal)

About the Author

Neil Irwin is a senior economic correspondent at The New York Times. He was previously a columnist at The Washington Post, where he led coverage of the global financial crisis, recession, and response of the world's central banks. He has an MBA from Columbia University, where he was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economic and Business Journalism. He lives in Washington. This book was shortlisted for the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1687 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ABLJ1XK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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