Ben S. Bernanke’s rise to chair of the Fed, the massive financial crisis, and the Fed’s bold and effective response.
2006, Ben S. Bernanke was appointed chair of the Federal Reserve,
capping a meteoric trajectory from a rural South Carolina childhood to
professorships at Stanford and Princeton, to public service in
Washington’s halls of power. There would be no time to celebrate,
however?the burst of the housing bubble in 2007 set off a domino effect
that would bring the global financial system to the brink of meltdown.
In The Courage to Act,
Ben Bernanke pulls back the curtain on the tireless and ultimately
successful efforts to prevent a mass economic failure. Working with two
US presidents and two Treasury secretaries, Dr. Bernanke and his
colleagues used every Fed capability, no matter how arcane, to keep the
US economy afloat. From his arrival in Washington in 2002 and his
experiences before the crisis, to the intense days and weeks of the
crisis itself, and through the Great Recession that followed, Dr.
Bernanke gives readers an unequaled perspective on the American economy.
This narrative will reveal for the first time how the creativity and
decisiveness of a few key leaders prevented an economic collapse of
unimaginable scale. Download and start listening now!