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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: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781429586436
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“This book is in part a detective story. After 9/11 I knew, if I needed further reinforcement, that we are living in a new world—the world of a global capitalist economy that is vastly more flexible, resilient, open, self-correcting, and fast-changing than it was even a quarter century earlier. It’s a world that presents us with enormous new possibilities but also enormous new challenges. The Age of Turbulence is my attempt to understand the nature of this new world: how we got here, what we’re living through, and what lies over the horizon, for good and for ill. Where possible, I convey my understanding in the context of my own experiences. I do this out of a sense of responsibility to the historical record, and so that listeners will know where I’m coming from.

“The book is therefore divided in halves: the first half is my effort to retrace the arc of my learning curve, and the second half is a more objective effort to use this as the foundation on which to erect a conceptual framework for understanding the new global economy. Along the way I explore critical elements of this emerging global environment: the principles governing it; the vast energy infrastructure that powers it; the global financial imbalances and dramatic shifts in world demographics that threaten it; and, despite its unquestioned success, the chronic concern over the justice of the distribution of its rewards. Finally, I bring together what we can reasonably conjecture about the makeup of the world economy in 2030.

“I don’t pretend to know all the answers. But from my vantage point at the Federal Reserve, I had privileged access to the best that had been thought and said on a wide range of subjects. I have not been inhibited in reaching for some fairly sweeping hypotheses.”—Alan Greenspan

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  • #1 New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.K. | 2/18/2014

    " Fascinating part-autobiography, part-behind the scenes peak at 30 years of econo-political history; unavoidably egotistical. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/12/2014

    " Interesting but without any novel or profound insight. Cautious, if anything, with respect to the most potentially interesting subject -- his work at the Fed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joselema64 | 2/7/2014

    " Understanding new vocabulary about economics, and also make my friends look stupid by carring a book in front of them...just kidding! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jnavaroli | 2/4/2014

    " Excellent book! You have to want to get through it (and enjoy economics) but overall a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Kowalski | 1/21/2014

    " Informative and enlightening. Somehow not surprising that Greenspan and Ayn Rand are good friends. Worthwhile reading :). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 B | 1/16/2014

    " Great read for anyone interested in economic policy and politics over the past 40 years. The book does require some economic literacy, or at least some familiarity, since Greenspan is a total policy wonk and delves into some details that the average person will probably glaze over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Mac | 1/11/2014

    " This book was really interesting, while when I was in the mood. I only got through about three-quarters of this book, I haven't picked it up in months. I doubt that I will anytime soon, it is just too painful to read about the economy right now. "

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

    " Good book that provides insight on financial policy and an interesting look at Greenspan's life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 1/3/2014

    " interesting but slow.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 12/27/2013

    " I tried because he is brilliant and honestly can't say whether it is the dryness of the topic, author, or disinterest in this reader, but this book better than Ambien for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 12/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 12/19/2013

    " This is a must read for people who want to know what's going on economically in the world, since Greenspan's career spanned that of five presidents. Greenspan's insights into national and international economic trends is a must in these most turbulent of times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Antti Vilpponen | 12/17/2013

    " Read about half of it. It is a very heavy book and I don't have the passion nor patience to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristyn | 12/17/2013

    " The autobiographical section was a great read, but can't seem to get through the second half. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dani | 9/19/2013

    " I've been reading this aloud to a friend with Parkinson's. It is a much easier read than anticipated. Interesting. Unfortunately, we are moving away so I have not (and may never) finish this book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laird Bennion | 6/6/2013

    " Excellent and accessible - the biographical section (first half of the book) is remarkable bordering on unbelievable (he was in a jazz band with Stan Getz, for starters). The second half is long-term analysis of emerging economies worldwide. I've read this book twice now - Greenspan gets a bad rap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 3/11/2013

    " pretty dry, but nonetheless entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daily | 1/27/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 10/2/2012

    " The first half of the book was amazing. The last half where he talks about/defends his principles got a bit boring. A great read though for getting into the mind of a genius. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicko | 4/9/2012

    " A biography that turns into barnstorm on every subject in academia even tagentially related to economics, and all the world and countries in between. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob Lehto | 1/27/2012

    " Started off interesting but I gave up on it while the economic world was imploding. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lionel | 8/3/2011

    " I read half this book. There is no call to action, no message, just an old white economist who's led an interesting life. I might finish reading this book if I am alone in a cabin for a decade and I've most of the other books already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 7/28/2011

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bárbara | 6/12/2011

    " Have not in fact finished this one... ought to get back to it sometime. "

  • 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 ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.