By Jeff Madrick
A vividly instructed background of the way greed bred America’s financial ills during the last 40 years, and of the boys so much accountable for them.
As Jeff Madrick makes transparent in a story instantaneously sweeping, fast moving, and incisive, the single-minded pursuit of big own wealth has been at the upward push within the usa because the Nineteen Seventies, led by way of a couple of people who have argued that self-interest publications society extra successfully than group matters. those stewards of yank capitalism have insisted at the crucial and crucial position of gathered wealth during the booms, busts, and recessions of the final part century, giving upward push to our present woes.
In telling the tales of those politicians, economists, and financiers who declared an ethical conflict for freedom yet as a substitute gave upward push to an age of greed, Madrick lines the lineage of a few of our nation’s so much urgent financial difficulties. He starts with Walter Wriston, head of what could develop into Citicorp, who led the conflict opposed to executive rules. He examines the tips of economist Milton Friedman, who created the plan for an anti-Rooseveltian the USA; the politically expedient judgements of Richard Nixon that fueled inflation; the philosophy of Alan Greenspan, on whose libertarian ideology a home of playing cards was once equipped on Wall highway; and the activities of Sandy Weill, who built the most important bank on the planet, which might have long past bankrupt in 2008 with no federal bailout of $45 billion. major figures together with Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken, Jack Welch, and Ronald Reagan play key roles as well.
Intense monetary inequity and instability is the tale of our age, and Jeff Madrick tells it with type, readability, and an unerring command of his topic.
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Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present by Jeff Madrick