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Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 22. Januar 2009

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“A magisterial work…As you learn how the world spiraled into depression…you can’t help thinking about the economic crisis we’re living through now.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“The rich and charming story of the end of the world.”Time
 
Lords of Finance is highly readable .... That it should appear now, as history threatens to repeat itself, compounds its appeal.”—Niall Ferguson, Financial Times
 
“There is terrific prescience to be found in [Lords of Finance’s] portrait of times past…[A] writer of great verve and erudition, [Ahamed] easily connects the dots between the economic crises that rocked the world during the years his book covers and the fiscal emergencies that beset us today. He does this winningly enough to make his book about an international monetary horror story seem like a labor of love… Mr. Ahamed does a superlative job of explaining the ever-germane way the problems of one shyster, one bank, one treasury or one economy can set off repercussions all around the globe.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“This absorbing study of the first collective of central bankers is provocative, not least because it is still relevant.”The Economist
 
“This is narrative history at its most vivid, an epic portrait of how the predecessors of Ben Bernanke, Jean-Claude Trichet and Mervyn King helped shove economies into the abyss in 1929…His reportorial style has the Barbara Tuchman touch. Learned yet unpretentious, he dips into diaries, letters and cables to pull out evocative vignettes…Central bankers, [Ahamed] says, can resemble Sisyphus in Greek mythology— condemned to roll a boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll down again. Like Alan Greenspan, the four men described here saw their apparent successes melt into failure.”Bloomberg News
 
“The parallels evidenced by Ahamed between state of the world financial system then and now add to the fascination of this remarkable achievement in history, biography and analysis.”Fort Worth Star Telegram
 
“An outstanding book…[Ahamed] found a fascinating frame for relating global economic history from the beginning of World War I until the dying days of World War II.”The Houston Chronicle
 
“[Ahamed’s] protagonists’ high-wire efforts to stave off national bankruptcies furnish Ahamed with plenty of drama to highlight his engrossing analysis of the complexities of monetary policy.”Publishers Weekly
 
“Erudite, entertaining macroeconomic history of the lead-up to the Great Depression as seen through the careers of the West’s principal bankers…Spellbinding, insightful and, perhaps most important, timely.”Kirkus Reviews (starred)
 
“Books grounded in history sometimes offer an eerie resonance for contemporary readers. Rarely has that statement seemed truer than with Lords of Finance.” Steve Weinberger, Dallas Morning News
 
“[A] wonderful new history”Newsweek

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Samuel Johnson shortlisted & FT/Goldman Sachs WINNER: a vivid, dramatic account of the four men whose personal and professional actions led to the world economic collapse of the late 1920s.
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This is among the best books I ever read.

If you are interested in how financial theories and policies, the personalities of national bankers, the economic development of the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the United States of America from 1914 to 1935 fit together, what is the back ground to the theories of John Meinard Keynes, the value of gold or the question if politics governs money or money governs politics, read this book.
If you want to know what were the actual economic factors which led to the rise of Adolf Hitler, read this book.
If you want to know, if the same could happen again, read this book.
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"Lords of Finance" ist ohne Zweifel eins der wichtigsten Bücher, das in den letzten Jahren zu Wirtschaftsgeschichte, Geldpolitik und den Ursachen von Finanzkrisen erschienen ist.
Ahamed's Beschreibung der Vorgänge im Innersten der damaligen Finanzwelt samt der Biographien der vier Protagonisten ist außerordentlich gut recherchiert und liest sich dabei spannend wie ein Roman.
Durch die Parallelen zur aktuellen Krise im Euroraum und dem Zusammenbruch der Finanzmärkte 2008 besticht das Buch darüber hinaus durch seine Aktualität, das es zu einem absolut lesenswerten Werk macht für jeden, der informiert die aktuelle Debatte mitverfolgen und prägen will.
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Dieses Buch lässt sich sehr leicht und schnell lesen, fast wie einen Roman. Der Hauptfocus ist auf die 4 Gentlemen auf dem Cover, diejenigen die Angeblich die Welt zu Great Depression geführt haben.

In Wirklichkeit waren diese 4 "Negative Figuren" durchaus kompetente Personen, die aber ein Großen Fehler gemacht haben: Zu glauben das Stabilität und Berechenbarkeit das allerwichtigste für die Wirtschaft sei.

Ich hoffe, dass dieses Buch nützlich sein kann, für diejenigen die heutzutage auch um jeden Preis dem "Harten Kurs" verteidigen. Ist aber auf jeden Fall nützlich, für all diejenigen, die einfach wissen wollen, was damals passiert ist und wie man zu "Great Depression" kam.
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Timothy Geithner in his excellent book “Stress Test – Reflections on Financial Crises” edition 2014, wrote:
“The crippled financial system was making the recession worse, while the deepening recession was making the financial system worse. Wall Street and Main Street were going down together. I had recently started reading Liaquat Ahamed’s Lords of Finance, a history of the policymakers whose mistakes helped create and prolong the Great Depression, but I had put it down after a few chapters. It was too scary.” (Page 3)

This raised my interest in Lords of Finance, edition 2010. My experience and conclusion: it is an outstanding analysis and report of “1929, The Great Depression, And The Bankers Who Broke The World”. However, it is also a very important complement to books about the financial crisis 2007/2008 allowing the reader to make comparisons between the two crises, to put them into perspective and to identify communalities as well as the different approaches to tackle the two crises.

Below you find some excerpts which may induce you to read the whole book:
“Unlike today, however, when central banks are required by law to promote price stability and full employment, in 1914 the single most important, indeed overriding, objective of these institutions was to preserve the value of the currency. (Page 11)

As I write this in October 2008, the world is in the middle of one such panic – the most severe for seventy-five years, since the bank runs of 1931-1933 that feature so prominently in the last few chapters of this book. (15)

The United States spent in total some $30 billion on the war [World War I], a little over $20 billion on its own actual expenditures and another $10 billion in the form of loans to keep other countries going.
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Timothy Geithner in his excellent book “Stress Test – Reflections on Financial Crises” edition 2014, wrote:
“The crippled financial system was making the recession worse, while the deepening recession was making the financial system worse. Wall Street and Main Street were going down together. I had recently started reading Liaquat Ahamed’s Lords of Finance, a history of the policymakers whose mistakes helped create and prolong the Great Depression, but I had put it down after a few chapters. It was too scary.” (Page 3)

This raised my interest in Lords of Finance, edition 2010. My experience and conclusion: it is an outstanding analysis and report of “1929, The Great Depression, And The Bankers Who Broke The World”. However, it is also a very important complement to books about the financial crisis 2007/2008 allowing the reader to make comparisons between the two crises, to put them into perspective and to identify communalities as well as the different approaches to tackle the two crises.

Below you find some excerpts which may induce you to read the whole book:
“Unlike today, however, when central banks are required by law to promote price stability and full employment, in 1914 the single most important, indeed overriding, objective of these institutions was to preserve the value of the currency. (Page 11)

As I write this in October 2008, the world is in the middle of one such panic – the most severe for seventy-five years, since the bank runs of 1931-1933 that feature so prominently in the last few chapters of this book. (15)

The United States spent in total some $30 billion on the war [World War I], a little over $20 billion on its own actual expenditures and another $10 billion in the form of loans to keep other countries going.
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