Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize -A magisterial work...You can't help thinking about the ecomic crisis we're living through w.- --The New York Times Book Review It is commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person's or government's control. In fact, as Liaquat Ahamed reveals, it was the decisions made by a small number of central bankers that were the primary cause of that ecomic meltdown, the effects of which set the stage for World War II and reverberated for decades. As yet ather period of ecomic turmoil makes headlines today, Lords of Finance is a potent reminder of the ermous impact that the decisions of central bankers can have, their fallibility, and the terrible human consequences that can result when they are wrong.
Liaquat Ahamed has been a professional investment manager for 25 years. He has worked at the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the New York based partnership of Fischer Francis Trees and Watts, where he served as Chief Executive. He is currently an adviser to several hedge fund groups, including the Rock Creek Group and the Rohatyn Group, is a director of Aspen Insurance Co. and is on the board of Trustees of the Brookings Institution. He has degrees in economics from Harvard and Cambridge Universities.