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With penetrating insights for today, this vital history of the world economic collapse of the late 1920s offers unforgettable portraits of the four men whose personal and professional actions as heads of their respective central banks changed the course of the twentieth century

It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person?s or government?s control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions taken by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of the economic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades.

In Lords of Finance, we meet the neurotic and enigmatic Montagu Norman of the Bank of England, the xenophobic and suspicious ?mile Moreau of the Banque de France, the arrogant yet brilliant Hjalmar Schacht of the Reichsbank, and Benjamin Strong of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, whose fa?ade of energy and drive masked a deeply wounded and overburdened man. After the First World War, these central bankers attempted to reconstruct the world of international finance. Despite their differences, they were united by a common fear?that the greatest threat to capitalism was inflation? and by a common vision that the solution was to turn back the clock and return the world to the gold standard.

For a brief period in the mid-1920s they appeared to have succeeded. The world?s currencies were stabilized and capital began flowing freely across the globe. But beneath the veneer of boom-town prosperity, cracks started to appear in the financial system. The gold standard that all had believed would provide an umbrella of stability proved to be a straitjacket, and the world economy began that terrible downward spiral known as the Great Depression.

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 global nature of financial crises, Lords of Finance is a potent reminder of the enormous impact that the decisions of central bankers can have, of their fallibility, and of the terrible human consequences that can result when they are wrong.

Specifications of Lords of Finance (English) First Edition (Hardcover)

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Author Liaquat Ahamed
Book Details
Publisher Penguin Press HC, The
Imprint Penguin Press HC, The
Publication Year 2009 January
ISBN-13 9781594201820
ISBN-10 159420182X
Language English
Edition First Edition
Binding Hardcover
Number of Pages 576 Pages
Dimensions
Width 1.65 inch
Height 9.51 inch
Depth 1.73 inch
Weight 1.9 Pounds (US)
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Amit Agarwal
27 Jan 2012
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History

Lords of Finance is a Pulitzer Prize and Goldman Sachs-FT Business Book of the Year award winner. It describes the events that led to The Great Depression of 1929. The author has done a remarkable job by going into the personal and professional details of characters and has described the events at great length. The flip side is the book, half-way through, has so many characters that it becomes nearly impossible to relate them to the past events.

One may like to make note of characters while reading the book to better understand the events that led to 1929.

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K. K.
17 Apr 2012
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Good summary of The Great Depressesion

You can't leave the chapter of The Great Depression if you have even a little interest in finance and economics. I pick up the book with a hope to get brief summary of the factors that takes the world into such a huge mess. I am thoroughly satisfied.

Book is divided in few sections. Starting from pre WW1 scenarios, it goes through one after another phase of the history....WW1 and the de-coupling with gold standard. Effort of major economies to cover the lost ground during the WW1 and how badly they miscalculated the consequences of their policies. The incorrect valuation of their own curre...
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You can't leave the chapter of The Great Depression if you have even a little interest in finance and economics. I pick up the book with a hope to get brief summary of the factors that takes the world into such a huge mess. I am thoroughly satisfied.

Book is divided in few sections. Starting from pre WW1 scenarios, it goes through one after another phase of the history....WW1 and the de-coupling with gold standard. Effort of major economies to cover the lost ground during the WW1 and how badly they miscalculated the consequences of their policies. The incorrect valuation of their own curre...
You can't leave the chapter of The Great Depression if you have even a little interest in finance and economics. I pick up the book with a hope to get brief summary of the factors that takes the world into such a huge mess. I am thoroughly satisfied.

Book is divided in few sections. Starting from pre WW1 scenarios, it goes through one after another phase of the history....WW1 and the de-coupling with gold standard. Effort of major economies to cover the lost ground during the WW1 and how badly they miscalculated the consequences of their policies. The incorrect valuation of their own currencies. For me the part between WW1 and 1929 was most informative.

Also, it helps to understand the economic reasons for the WW2. Repration forced on Germany was a huge mistake by Allied nations.

Remember, this book is not core financian or economical analysis with numbers and theories in very detail. It is not a study material. It is for average readers and it serves it purpose very well.

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Debasish Dinda
13 Dec 2013
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Moderate experience

Personal details of the people involved have been so elaborately mentioned in between that you may miss economic events and consequences. I think family details or childhood stories in some cases may have been ignored. But at the end, good experience gained if you are a very patient reader.

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Subha Ray
26 Nov 2013
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A great book.

I am yet to finish this - but given my progress through about 50 pages - I was blown away by the amount of substance that this book holds. Value for money.

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