Age of Greed The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present

ISBN-10: 1400075661

ISBN-13: 9781400075669

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jeff Madrick

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A vividly told history of how greed bred America’s economic ills over the last forty years, and of the men most responsible for them.As Jeff Madrick makes clear in a narrative at once sweeping, fast-paced, and incisive, the single-minded pursuit of huge personal wealth has been on the rise in the United States since the 1970s, led by a few individuals who have argued that self-interest guides society more effectively than community concerns. These stewards of American capitalism have insisted on the central and essential place of accumulated wealth through the booms, busts, and recessions of the last half century, giving rise to our current woes.In telling the stories of these politicians, economists, and financiers who declared a moral battle for freedom but instead gave rise to an age of greed, Madrick traces the lineage of some of our nation’s most pressing economic problems. He begins with Walter Wriston, head of what would become Citicorp, who led the battle against government regulation. He examines the ideas of economist Milton Friedman, who created the plan for an anti-Rooseveltian America; the politically expedient decisions of Richard Nixon that fueled inflation; the philosophy of Alan Greenspan, on whose libertarian ideology a house of cards was built on Wall Street; and the actions of Sandy Weill, who constructed the largest financial institution in the world, which would have gone bankrupt in 2008 without a federal bailout of $45 billion. Significant figures including Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken, Jack Welch, and Ronald Reagan play key roles as well.Intense economic inequity and instability is the story of our age, and Jeff Madrick tells it with style, clarity, and an unerring command of his subject.From the Hardcover edition.
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Book details

List price: $21.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/12/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Introduction
Revolution
Prologue: Lewis Uhler Believer
Walter Wriston Regulatory Revolt
Milton Friedman Proselytizer
Richard Nixon and Arthur Burns Political Expediency
Joe Flom The Hostile Takeover and Its Consequences
Ivan Boesky Wanting It All
Walter Wriston II Bailing Out Citibank
Ronald Reagan The Making of an Ideology
Ted Turner, Sam Walton, and Steve Ross Size Becomes Strategy
Jimmy Carter Capitulation
Howard Jarvis and Jack Kemp Tapping the Anger
Paul Volcker, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan Revolution Completed
The New Guard
Tom Peters and Jack Welch Promises Broken
Michael Milken "The Magnificent"
Alan Greenspan Ideologue
George Soros and John Meriwether Fabulous Wealth and Controversial Power
Sandy Weill King of the World
Jack Grubman, Frank Quattrone, Ken Lay, and Sandy Weill Decade of Deceit
Angelo Mozilo The American Tragedy
Jimmy Cayne, Richard Fuld, Stan O'Neal, and Chuck Prince Collapse
Epilogue
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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