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'"Brown's] book is gripping because his matter-of-fact recounting of the early months of the crisis conveys the dilemmas and angst of polictymakers as they tried to handle the biggest economic drama in decades… The book conveys well Brown's sense of history, the rapid pace of change in the global economy and the failures of unfettered markets to manage things on their won. But it also conveys his moral sensibilities. He was a finance Minster who realized that finance was not an end in itself; that the true gauge of an economy was how it affected the well-being of its citizens. He was concerned about unemployment, not just inflation…. What is clear from this book is that Brown knew what needed to be done and tried to do it at a time when others were paralysed, captured by the financial community, or deluded by their past mistakes into trying to underestimate the severity of the crisis that their policies has helped create." --Joseph Stiglitz, Financial Times
"When the economic crisis erupted in 2008-9, Brown, like Churchill in 1940, was the right man in the right place at the right time. He'd had 10 years as chancellor of the exchequer. He'd read widely and thought deeply about economics, finance, globalization. He was the one national leader who came to the crisis with a plan and the authority to push it through...This is his story of how he did it, told soberly, clearly, compellingly. It is not a defence of his premiership, but his personal account of a heroic moment in it. He does not claim credit for "saving the world", but lets the story speak for itself, and praises the contribution of his own team and the other world leaders. It is an interrupted story, because he did not survive long enough politically to finish the job. Since he left the scene efforts to co-ordinate recovery policies have fallen to pieces. This is the measure of his achievement – and the hole that his departure left." --Robert Skidelsky, The Guardian
Gordon Brown served as British Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2010. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007, making him the longest-serving Chancellor in modern history. Brown's time as Chancellor was marked by major reform of Britain's monetary and fiscal policy and sustained investment in health, education, and overseas aid. As Prime Minister, his tenure coincided with the recent financial crisis, and he was one of the first to initiate calls for global financial action; his administration also simultaneously introduced a range of rescue measures within the country. Brown has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Edinburgh, and he spent his early career working as a television journalist. He has been a Member of Parliament since 1983. He is married to Sarah Brown, a charity campaigner, and the couple has two young sons.
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Very insightful perspective from Britain's political leader in the wake of the global financial crisis. Read more
Gordon Brown is the consummate British politician. He had a long background in television reporting, teaching, Church of Scotland, distant back benching, Chancellor of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by john purcell
On leaving office, Gordon Brown immediately spent a lot of time hammering out a book Beyond The Crash. Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Mr. G. Carroll
This book changed my opinion of Gordon Brown. It is an excellent read and provides an excellent route map for what needs to happen in the global economy. Read morePublished on August 10, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Beyond the Crash
Gordon Brown saved the world in 2009; he figured out (with a brilliant team of advisors) that the G20 need to provide a trillion dollars to reinstill... Read more
Still an active Member of Parliament in his own constituency and teaching at Harvard and New York Universities, Gordon Brown shares candidly his unique view of the global financial... Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by GBD
This is a much more accessible book than I was expecting - for such a complicated issue Brown makes it surprisingly easy to follow and leaves you with a real sense that change is... Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by Mary