The Alchemists

Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire

The Alchemists shows us where money comes from and where it may well be going.

By Neil Irwin Read by Walter Dixon Business Development / Economics / Nonfiction English, Unabridged 14h 16m Sell Sheet
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2 MP3 CDs June 21, 2016 $29.99 $19.99 9781520020013 Add to Cart
12 Audio CDs June 21, 2016 $69.99 $59.99 9781520019994 Add to Cart
							Neil Irwin’s The Alchemists is a gripping account of the most intense exercise  in economic crisis management we’ve ever seen, a poker game in which the stakes  have run into the trillions of dollars. The book begins in, of all places,  Stockholm, Sweden, in the seventeenth century, where central banking had its  rocky birth, and then progresses through a brisk but dazzling tutorial on how  the central banker came to exert such vast influence over our world, from its  troubled beginnings to the Age of Greenspan, bringing the reader into the  present with a marvelous handle on how these figures and institutions became  what they are – the possessors of extraordinary power over our collective fate.

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

The most complete and authoritative account to date of the response of the central bankers to the global financial crisis. - Kirkus Reviews

[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. - The New York Times