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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (403 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Woodward Narrator: James Naughton, Bob Woodward Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Perhaps the last Washington secret is how the Federal Reserve and its enigmatic chairman, Alan Greenspan, operate. What do they do? Why precisely do they do it? Who is Greenspan? How does he think? What is the basis for his decisions? Why is he so powerful? What kind of relationships has he had with Reagan, Bush, and Clinton -- presidents during the 13 years he has been Fed chairman?

The Greenspan years, 1987 to 2000, are presented here as a gripping, intimate narrative, a remarkable portrait of how one man has become the symbol of American economic preeminence.

Maestro reveals a fascinating intellectual journey. Greenspan, and old-school anti-inflation hawk of the traditional economy, was among the first to realize the potential in the modern, high-productivity new economy -- the foundation of the current American boom.

Reappointed by Clinton in 2000 for another four-year term, Greenspan is slated to serve as Fed chairman until 2004. He is not only a major figure in the world's economic past, but is central to its future. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Scrupulous and illuminating…Woodward lucidly explains the axes of intellectual and political disagreement over monetary policy…shedding new light on major conflicts of the Greenspan era.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Admirably accomplishes what it sets out to do: demystify a Washington institution that is dimly understood by most Americans.”

    USA Today

  • “Replete with the sort of fly-on-the-wall reporting for which Woodward is famous. What comes across most clearly is Greenspan’s skill at the political power games that determine who survives in the cutthroat world of Washington.”


  • “A gripping ride through the oddly fragile and insecure world of big money and the curious mind of Greenspan.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alen | 2/13/2014

    " pretty good, but looking back it's more like hero worship when times are good. Don't think Greenspan's legacy will be as rosy as when he was in office. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brian Katz | 2/13/2014

    " Looking at the fed's policy today (2012) and back at Greenspan one has to challenge whether or not Greenspan was a hero or a fool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chandler | 1/24/2014

    " A timely read considering the current economic circumstances. Greenspan wrote the veritable book on how to start and foster an economic boom, and this novel provides the inner workings and daily aspect of his actions which were so effective between 1987 and 2006. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Othon Leon | 1/9/2014

    " Yes, he is... "

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