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Praise For PANDERER TO POWER
“We all owe a great debt to Fred Sheehan. Fred demolishes the myth of Alan Greenspan’s omniscience, while revealing the dangerous credulity of those who
set him on a pedestal above the rest of us. Panderer to Power will be invaluable in making the case for how we might preserve our solvency and our system.”
Seth A. Klarman, president, Baupost Group, L.L.C.
“Many have written about the man who used to be called ‘Maestro.’ But none has done so with such clarity of perception as Frederick Sheehan. Between the covers of this timely and important book, the former Fed
chairman stands revealed as America’s own Wizard of Oz.”
James Grant, editor, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer
“The Fed, Greenspan’s Fed, not only supplied the whiskey for the party, it led the charge for irresponsible behavior by essentially telling people ‘don’t worry, be happy.’ A thorough, in-depth look at the man who wrought so
much damage on so many, this brilliant effort by Fred Sheehan is a major step in setting the record straight on this era.”
Bill Fleckenstein, president, Fleckenstein Capital and co-author, Greenspan’s Bubbles
“Fred Sheehan vividly shows in his excellent and long overdue account, the devastating monetary policies the Fed has pursued under Mr. Greenspan, which have been continued by Mr. Bernanke. After reading Panderer to Power, you will have no respect for the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, politicians, and Wall Street.”
Marc Faber, editor, Gloom, Doom and Boom Report
"An important part of Sheehan's book is Greenspan’s role in expanding this country’s monetary base far behind our means.”
—Boston Business Journal, November 2009
"This well written, though obviously polemic, text documents the issues as he sees them. When read in conjunction with Greenspan’s own biography, a picture emerges of a complex, obviously smart man who may have been promoted to a position beyond his competence, but was expert at covering up and obfuscation."
—Troy Media, November 2009
About the Book:
Alan Greenspan’s 18-year stint as head
of the Federal Reserve Bank witnessed
some of the most massive upward redistributions
of wealth in our nation’s history.
It’s now clear that his policies contributed
greatly to the transformation of Wall Street
from an engine that financed American business
to a business-destroying machine—and
that Greenspan abetted the hollowing out of
the U.S. economy by giving Wall Street and
Washington everything they could possibly
To take the full measure of Greenspan’s culpability,
we need to look beyond the disgraced
public persona and see him within the broader
sweep of his life and times. In Panderer to
Power, author Frederick J. Sheehan delivers
the first in-depth, critical biography of the
man who, for nearly two decades, served as the
world’s most powerful banker.
Beginning with Greenspan’s formative years
as a Depression-era kid from New York City,
Sheehan traces his subject’s progress from
his days touring America as a reed man with
the Henry Jerome Orchestra in the 1940s
through his emergence as one of America’s
first celebrity economists to his ascent
through the ranks of power in D.C.
What emerges is a searing portrait of a
shameless media hound who ferociously promoted
his image as a straight-laced numbers
cruncher, a Machiavelli whose political skills
far surpassed his skills as an economist.
Drawing upon a vast array of original sources,
the author leaves little room for doubt: either
the “economic genius of our time” was oblivious
to the hazards of his irresponsible policy
decisions or he knew full well what he was doing,
but chose, as he had throughout his career,
to put self-interest above the public good.
Posted June 22, 2012
Money creation has to be given back to the people.
The book confirmed everything I believe.
Banks were created because people could not carry around their gold, so they had to store it in a bank. This was good until these banks discovered the miracle of credit - which is very good UNTIL it's abused. Credit WILL always be abused when we entrust our money to these unaccountable banks. Give people the power of credit instead of banks because banks are no longer necessary.
Posted January 30, 2012
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