Quotations of Chairman Greenspan: Words from the Man Who Can Shake the World

Quotations of Chairman Greenspan: Words from the Man Who Can Shake the World

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by Larry Kahaner, Alan Greenspan

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Kahaner offers Alan Greenspan's ideas in his own words, addressing topics that range from what Greenspan has to say about banks and bank regulation to what others have said about him. The work's greatest strength lies in the annotations the author has appended to quotes throughout and what he summarizes as the 12 lessons of Alan Greenspan. Its greatest weakness appears to be a number of factual errors in the brief biography included in the text. These include an understatement of Greenspan's desire to pursue a career in music, the origin of his involvement with author/philosopher Ayn Rand, and the historic roots of Townsend-Greenspan, the consulting firm that he joined in 1953 and led after the death of his partner in 1987. Nevertheless, it is recommended for public libraries. More a reporter's story than a scholar's work, Martin's Greenspan uses the words of friends and acquaintances to build a rich portrait of the introspective economist who has become one of the most powerful and imposing figures in American economic history. Beginning with his birth in Manhattan in 1926, the author describes a precocious child who excelled in school and lived the life of a professional jazz musician before rising to success both on Wall Street and in Washington. Along the way, the reader is introduced to key figures in Greenspan's life, including his mother; his mentor, Arthur Burns; author and philosopher Ayn Rand; Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, who chose Greenspan to assume an ever-increasing role in the economic evolution of the United States; and his two wives--painter Joan Mitchell Blumenthal, whom he married and separated from in the early 1950s, and political correspondent Andrea Mitchell, whom he married in 1997. While not the definitive scholarly work, this useful book puts a human face on the man who was selected by A&E Biography as the most fascinating person of 1999. Recommended for public libraries.--Norm Hutcherson, California State Univ. Lib., Bakersfield Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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