Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

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Many of us take it as a given that the Great Depression - the consequences of which reverberated for decades, crippling the future of an entire generation and setting the stage for WWII - resulted from a confluence of inexorable forces beyond any one person or government's control. In fact, as erudite economist Liaquat Ahamed explains, it was the decisions taken by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown. "In Lords of Finance", we meet the neurotic and enigmatic Montagu Norman of the Bank of England; the xenophobic and suspicious Emile Moreau of the Banque de France; the arrogant yet brilliant Hjalmar Schacht of the Reichsbank; and the dynamic Benjamin Strong of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. These four men were as prominent in their time as Alan Greenspan, Hank Paulson and Mervyn King are today, but their names were lost to history, their story untold, until now.Harnessing a keen sense of history and the narrative skills of the novelist, Liaquat Ahamed tells their story in vivid and gripping detail. As yet another period of economic turmoil makes headlines today, the Great Depression and the year 1929 remain the benchmark for true financial mayhem. Offering a new understanding of the origins and global nature of financial crises, "Lords of Finance" a timely and arresting reminder that individuals - their ambitions, limitations and human nature - lie at the very heart of global catastrophe.

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'Absorbing [and] provocative, not least because it is still relevant.' -- The Economist

'Superlative ... a subject of real fascination ... Lords of Finance has the flair and wisdom to find a wide readership on the strength of its main ideas.' -- New York Times

`A great read.' -- George Soros

`A major work of scholarship'
-- Daily Telegraph

`Absorbing [and] provocative' -- The Economist

`Brilliantly readable' -- Observer

`Fascinating ... a brisk, original, incisive and entertaining account of a crucial time in the world's economic history that continues to affect us all today. Anyone who wants to understand the origins of the economic world we live in would do well to read this book' -- Michael Beschloss

`Magisterial' -- Guardian

`One of those rare books - authoritative, readable and relevant - that puts the "story" back into history ... a spellbinding, richly human [and] cinematic narrative.' -- Strobe Talbott

`has immense importance to modern policymaking ... a fascinating and even a great book' -- The Times

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`Fascinating ... a brisk, original, incisive and entertaining account of a crucial time in the world's economic history that continues to affect us all today. Anyone who wants to understand the origins of the economic world we live in would do well to read this book'

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