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Greenspan: The Man Behind Money

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Alan Greenspan is one of the most powerful and enigmatic men in the world. Although endlessly pursued by the press and ceaselessly present in the public spotlight, very little about his private life has ever been revealed. Greenspan: The Man Behind Money presents the celebrated Fed Chairman as few know him. It spans his hardscrabble childhood in Depression-era New York Cit ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 12th 2001 by Basic Books (first published October 15th 2000)
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Monica Willyard Moen
Dec 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I expected this book to be dry, and I put off reading it for over a year. I was wrong. The author has managed to make this a riveting story that I wanted to finish.

It tells the story of Greenspan, from his childhood in a single parent home to his life in a jazz swing band, his friendship with Rand, and his rise to chairman of the Federal Reserve. Balancing humanity and an explanation of Greenspan's views on economics, the author makes the Federal Reserve understandable. Now I know why it matters
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Brian
Nov 01, 2011 rated it liked it
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Greenspan: the Man Behind the Money by Justin Martin is an interesting look at Greenspan's life and the influences that drove him in his various positions. There are two drawbacks to the book. One is the lack of direct access to Greenspan. This is a biography written from second hand sources as far as interviews are concerned and interpretations of his testimony in addition to news articles. With that in mind it is still an interesting story and looks at many of the experiences from his time on ...more
Douglas White
Sep 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
An extremely shallow book that offers no insight how Greenspan thinks or makes his decisions. The reason Greenspan is such an interesting character is how he has managed to constantly adapt to changing market conditions. The real story would be why and how he came to the decisions he did, but this book just reports his actions. There is almost no economic analysis or justification. Anyone looking to gain some understanding of Greenspan's thought process will be left wanting and extremely disappo ...more
Chris Elkjar
This book is written in a way that is utterly confusing to me. I assumed that the book would feature more detailed analysis of Greenspan's policy decisions and thought processes but instead found a book outlining most of his social relationships. Nonetheless it's a rather interesting read that ends on a hilariously uplifting note for looking forward to "the future" for a man who would end up doing more arguably more damage to the world economy than anyone before him.

Didn't know that he was a to
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Joyce F
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Before reading this biography, I had no idea how interesting and complex is "the man behind money." He rubbed elbows with the likes of Ayn Rand and her gang, and played sax in Tommy Dorsey's band. There is more to Mr. Greenspan than you might imagine. ...more
Michael Harris
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well written biography about an a smart guy who understood the numbers and plotted a good monetary policy based on the data. Ultimately he was derailed by the variable MAN, who was not honest and fudged the data. Oops!
Stephen
Great book about the influence of Greenspan and his power over the market.
robert
Mar 12, 2007 rated it it was ok
Ayn Rand. Greenspan. Flowing Verbal Prose. It doesn't really explain it and it isn't definitive but it works as a mediocre biography. ...more
Vincent
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Quite a good book with nice insights about Greenspan
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