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Detractors take the stand,
This review is from: Greenspan's Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Federal Reserve (Hardcover)
Public men in the public eye and with very public actions tend to have eulogists and detractors.
Alan Greenspan was Chairman of the FED for 19 years and three Presidents. During his tenure as Chairman, globalisation came of age, China erupted in the world scene, geopolitical trends shifted with the fall of the Wall, the Euro and September 11th.
The only strange thing in this long period is that no catastrophic event occurred, although a lot of recessions and financial crisis took place throughout the world.
There was never a unanimity about Greenspan's actions and decisions (although they were not only his) and those who read Joseph Stiglitz's «The Roaring Nineties» noticed that he took more then a few pot-shots at Alan Greenspan, to give an example.
When an economic downturn occurs, like the one triggered by the sub-prime crisis, those who dislike the market economics blame it on the market and its rules and of course on its Heralds and Icons; But, making an idiot and a blunderer of the man who oversaw one of the longest and most ebullient periods of growth in the United Sates and the world at large is not an useful contribution to the understanding of what is at stake now.
"Greenspan's Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Federal Reserve" by William Fleckenstein and Fred Sheehan will not go down in any serious analysis of the period. The Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan will. Read it instead.
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Initial post: 2 Jul 2008 22:57:20 BDT
Ben Reid says:
What a suckhole
Posted on 6 Aug 2008 13:47:12 BDT
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