Alan Greenspan, the man who as Fed chairman gave the U.S. its largest bubble ever, along with the most serious financial calamity in recent memory, is an enigma.
Frederick Sheehan, scholar and money manager in Boston, has made a full-time study of Greenspan's life and works, and this remarkable book is the result.
Greenspan's career is summed up in the title, Panderer to Power. This has been his modus operandi his entire life. At each critical juncture, he chose to chase fame and control rather than principle and freedom. For this reason, the book is not only a wonderful financial analysis; it makes for a gripping character study as well. It demonstrates what happens to a person who makes power instead of principle his North star.
It is important that every champion of free markets come to terms with the things that have made Alan Greenspan tick. Sheehan is the first to show that his attachment to free markets was truly superficial, that he was never a serious Randian, that his writings on the gold standard were flights of fancy. Greenspan's tenure at the Fed lasted 18 years, and Sheehan shows that his real mentors were not the advocates of free markets but the Washington bigshots he chose to emulate — even unto his own professional unraveling.
Sheehan has written a masterful book unmasking the enigma of Greenspan and showing him for the power-hungry advocate of big government and fiat money that he truly is.
FYI - Scott obviously didn' follow his own advise _ i.e. to run a spelling check. I did, and found nothing wrong!
This sort of discredits the intellectual honesty of Scott and his criticism.
The review was a five star - Scott's criticism doesn't even rate one star.
Gang ... just as an FYI. Someone needs to run a spelling and grammatical check on the description of the book above. There are a lot of errors that will lead to loss of credibility.
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