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Alan Greenspan: The Man Who Knew – Sebastian Mallaby

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Spoken Word / Thursday, 2 March 2017 - 7:00pm / Hall Two
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Winner of the 2016 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, Sebastian Mallaby’s biography of this titan of finance brilliantly renders the subtlety and complexity of Greenspan’s legacy in a gripping account of high-octane political infighting, hard hitting dialogue and previously unknown stories.

Born in 1926, Alan Greenspan was raised in Manhattan by a single mother and immigrant grandparents during the Great Depression but by quiet force of intellect, rose to become a global financial ‘maestro’. As Chairman of the Federal Reserve, a post he held for 18 years, he presided over an unprecedented period of stability and low inflation, was revered by economists, adored by investors and consulted by leaders from Beijing to Frankfurt. Yet when the great crash happened only two years after he resigned in 2006, having overseen tumultuous changes in the world's most powerful economy, many blamed him.

Lord Adair Turner describes Mallaby's biography as a ‘brilliant account of Alan Greenspan’s journey from radical idealogue to politically adept pragmatist, and an excellent analysis of how profound changes within the financial system generated challenges to which that pragmatism was ultimately an inadequate response. A Must read.’


Sebastian Mallaby is Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An experienced journalist and public speaker, Mallaby is also a contributing columnist for the Washington Post, where he previously served as a staff columnist and editorial board member. Before joining the Washington Post in 1999, he previously spent 13 years at the Economist. His interests cover a wide variety of domestic and international issues, including central banks, financial markets, the implications of the rise of newly emerging powers, and the intersection of economics and international relations. His writing has also appeared in the Atlantic and the Financial Times, where he spent two years as a contributing editor.

Martin Sandbu has been writing about economics for the FT since 2009, when he joined the paper as Economics Leader Writer. He now writes the FT’s Free Lunch. Before joining the FT, he worked in academia and policy consulting. He has taught and carried out research at Harvard, Columbia and the Wharton School, and has advised governments and NGOs on natural resources and economic development. He is the author of two books, one on business ethics and one on the eurozone, and has degrees from Oxford and Harvard.

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