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The Alchemists: Inside the secret world of central bankers Hardcover – 4 Apr 2013

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Business Plus (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755362667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755362660
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.9 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 502,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

Irwin's sweep is impressive (The Economist)

The Alchemists was praised by fellow judge and former UK minister Shriti Vadera for "saying something that's not been said" about the US and European central bankers who had to manage the meltdown. (Financial 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. (Wall Street Journal)

[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)

About the Author

Neil Irwin is a Washington Post columnist and economics editor of the Post's Wonkblog web site. From 2007 to 2012, he led coverage of the global financial crisis, recession, and aftermath as the Post's beat reporter covering the Federal Reserve and other 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.


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