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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,257 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Greenspan Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781429586443
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The most remarkable thing that happened to the world economy after 9/11 was—nothing. What would have once meant a crippling shock to the system was absorbed astonishingly quickly, partly due to the efforts of the then Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, Alan Greenspan.The post-9/11 global economy is a new and turbulent system—vastly more flexible, resilient, open, self-directing, and fast-changing than it was even twenty years ago. The Age of Turbulence is an incomparable reckoning with the nature of this new world—how we got here, what we're living through, and what lies over the horizon, for good or ill, channeled through Greenspan's own experiences working in the command room of the global economy for longer and with greater effect than any other single living figure.

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abdulaziz Alseja | 2/17/2014

    " A lot of data. Greenspan trying to shift the blame of his 25 years as Fed chairman on to things "out of his control". Redundant, You really have to get into the mood for this one and again some. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iponk BrandNew | 2/8/2014

    " as the economist said Not many surprises in this memoir-cum-essay except that it is an unexpectedly enjoyable read =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 1/18/2014

    " Combination of Greenspan's backstory and premise for beginning to understand global economic theory. I enjoyed it but Greenspan can get unecessarily wordy, really quick. I am an econ dork so I really took alot away from it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Gillette | 1/13/2014

    " This book chronicles the life of Alan Greenspan and how his background and philosophy brought him into being the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve. The book provides interesting perspective from a man who proclaims to distance himself from politics but is in fact very much involved in them. It is a biography, so it is probably very accurate and its an enjoyable read. My only criticism is that anyone expecting to find a review of economic theory as applied through the experiences of Mr. Greenspan, will not find it. The book is a narrative rather than an academic piece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 1/10/2014

    " I learned so much about US economic policy by reading this book. It was fascinating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 1/8/2014

    " Much better than I feared. Perhaps I had irrational expectations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Boetcher | 12/31/2013

    " Worth the read for Greenspan's balanced perspective and wisdom. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dad | 12/29/2013

    " A graduate course on national/international finance and macroeconimics; makes it all a fascinating topic that one wants to understand better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny Martin | 12/9/2013

    " This book took me more than a month to read and at times I felt like it was over my head. I enjoyed learning more about the FED and how different policies relate to the economy's health. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louis Leung | 12/8/2013

    " The essays in the second half are eye openers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 11/26/2013

    " This was an interesting commentary on Federal Reserve decisions over the last few decades and a great argument for pure capitalism vs. socialism, populism and communism. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carl | 11/22/2013

    " very fascinating quasi biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bettye | 11/16/2013

    " This was a hard read. Much of the economics was completely over my head. What I really enjoyed was a sense of who Alan Greenspan really isatof the "Fed". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trishtator | 10/23/2013

    " An incredible history of US and world economics for the last 50 years, including what to expect in the rapidly changing future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pablo Manriquez | 8/19/2013

    " A jabbering dupe narrates some of his fascinating personal histories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daily | 3/16/2013

    " Boring as hell, and like 650 pages. But he admits the war in Iraq was never about anything but oil. Which is nice. And he warns of America's decreased influence in the world in the coming years. And the need we have to become more energy independent. And he was good friends with Ayn Rand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wade | 8/29/2012

    " Not really my typical read. I found it interesting to try to get inside his head and let him explain his economic policy. I enjoyed his views of the previous administrations that he worked with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Cline | 7/15/2012

    " Less than the technical stuff, I really liked reading Alan's life story. I found him quite interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick Collins | 6/3/2012

    " More interesting than I had thought. Don't like objectivism, could care less about the Federal Reserve, but the book was nonethless readable and interesting as a history of the time, esp. the Clinton years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gilda | 3/10/2012

    " Good to read what is happening inside the Federal Reserve and how powerful people talks... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Wheeler | 11/23/2011

    " Great autobiography and a good insight into workings of free-market capitalism and prosperity; the role of the Federal Reserve, FOMC, and the Fed Chairman; insight to the collapse of the USSR's centrally-planned economy; and the results on Wall Street "irrational exuburance". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Murray | 11/6/2011

    " Very educational. Having no background whatsoever in macroeconomics, this book explained a lot about how the world works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariely Rodriguez | 10/10/2011

    " Greenspan has lived a somewhat interesting life, and I was curious to know what he could say about his life including his "era" at the Fed. Very well written in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 9/5/2011

    " Interesting economic history, but does get a little long. I listened to this on a long drive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/8/2011

    " The book was interesting and well-written. I don't think I agree with Greenspan's world view, especially in light of the current financial crisis, but the book is worth a read anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/8/2011

    " Yeah, things didn't quite turn out in the end for Al. Interesting as a biography all the same. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arnie | 4/28/2011

    " Its somewhat long-winded, more-of-a-memoir attributes helped me put it down, but I picked it back up after Greenspan's congressional testimony in October 2008 to read some select chapters regarding Corporate Governance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gabi | 4/28/2011

    " At first the book was easy to read but the way it was written and the terminology was so foreign to me I had to look everything up over and over again. I don't have a head for economics but I did finish the book :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/6/2011

    " He talks a lot about his experience at the Federal Reserve and how it has evolved over the years. I would like to see him update this book on how some of his policies contributed to financial meltdown that occurred. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thirsty | 2/9/2011

    " I have really loved reading this book. I have a much better understanding of macroeconomics and politics. I really enjoyed Greenspan's dispassionate narrative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 2/6/2011

    " I like Alan and think he is underappreciated. A fun glimpse into his life and the fed... and overall life in Washington. Very impressive with how many world leaders he's met/worked with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bo | 1/24/2011

    " A couple of interesting points I remember:

    1. Greenspan got his Ph.D degree in his fifties;
    2. He married to a journalist who was more than twenty years younger when he was 71;
    3. He is a good statistician, good at summarizing data and finding the pattern in the data. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/4/2011

    " Well, I enjoyed reading the history in the first half. But admitedly was a little dry during the second half. But what do I know. "

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About the Author
Author Alan Greenspan

Alan Greenspan was born in 1926 and reared in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan. After studying the clarinet at Juilliard and working as a professional musician, he earned his BA, MA, and PhD in economics from New York University. In 1954 he cofounded the economic consulting firm Townsend-Greenspan & Co. From 1974 to 1977 Greenspan served as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Gerald Ford and in 1987 was appointed chairman of the Federal Reserve by President Ronald Reagan, a position he held until his retirement in 2006. In 2005 he was conferred the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Age of Turbulence.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.