Lords of Finance

The Bankers Who Broke the World

Ahamed, Liaquat

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lords of Finance
With penetrating insights for today, this vital history of the world economic collapse of the late 1920s offers unforgettable portraits of four men--Montagu Norman, Amile Moreau, Hjalmar Schacht, and Benjamin Strong--whose personal and professional actions as heads of their respective central banks changed the course of the twentieth century.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2009
ISBN: 159420182X
Branch Call Number: 332.0922 A
Characteristics: 564 p.: ill. ; 25 cm.


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Mar 12, 2015
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

I disagreed with the author on many points [really, Andrew Mellon's policies set in three administrations really screwed up everything, plus all that alcoholic beveridge monies [Prohibition] laundered through the NYSE, et cetera] but noted the author's background. Wasn't he at the World Bank w/Mrs. Michael Beschloss when she invested World Bank funds in the Carlyle Group, then got a job with them to manage said funds, and eventually founded the hedge fund, Rock Creek Group, which the author also belongs to?

Nov 11, 2011
  • jlazcan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is a little dry (so are many books dealing with History and Finance) and hard to follow because the author is rotating back and forth between countries and the players involved. It gives a detailed account of the lead-up and subsequent crash of the world economy. The author explains the market and political forces at work that helped to cause the implosion. This period is of particular importance and influenced the rest of the 20th Century as well as our current economy today. Finance and Economics will forever remember this period as a backdrop for testing theories in a real world setting.

Dec 20, 2009
  • 21288004246712 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

easy read but thoroughly researched, more about the personalities although events are clearly discussed as well


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