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The alchemists : three central bankers and a world on fire

Author: Neil Irwin
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the work of the world's most powerful central bankers-- --Ben Bernanke of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Mervyn King of the Bank of England, and Jean-Claude Trichet of the European Central Bank--offering a view from the cockpit of the global economy as the three men struggled to keep it from going down.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Ben Bernanke; Mervyn A King; Jean-Claude Trichet; Ben Bernanke; Mervyn A King; Jean-Claude Trichet; Ben Bernanke; Mervyn A King; Jean-Claude Trichet
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Irwin
ISBN: 9781594204623 1594204624 9780143124993 0143124994
OCLC Number: 796756230
Description: xvii, 430 pages, 16 pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Opening the spigot --
Rise of the alchemists, 1656-2006. Johan Palmstruch and the birth of central banking ; Lombard Street, Rule Britannia, and Bagehot's dictum ; The First Name Club ; Madness, nightmare, desperation, chaos : when central banking goes wrong--
in two acts ; The anguish of Arthur Burns ; Spinning the roulette wheel in Maastricht ; Masaru Hayami, tomato ketchup, and the agony of ZIRP ; The Jackson Hole Consensus and the Great Moderation --
Panic, 2007-2008. The Committee of Three ; Over by Christmas ; A wall of money --
Aftermath, 2009-2010. The battle for the Fed ; The new Greek Odyssey ; The King's speech ; The perilous maiden voyage of the QE2 --
The second wave, 2011-2012. The chopper, the troika, and the Deauville debacle ; The President of Europe ; Escape velocity ; Super Mario world ; Governor Zhou's Chinese medicine ; Back to Jackson.
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