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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (January 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393064484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393064483
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,548,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Exactly one month after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, President Bush declared that "the first shot in the war was when we started cutting off their money, because an al-Qaeda organization can't function without money." In this data-heavy memoir, former Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Taylor, currently an economics professor at Stanford, describes in exceptional detail that first salvo and the campaign it ignited: how the world economy was transformed in 9/11's aftermath and how his team became, quite literally, soldiers of fortune. Taylor brings readers face to face with a President making his hardest decisions and behind the scenes at many important G7 (later G8) meetings. Documenting every word and action, Taylor chronicles the financial reconstruction of both Afghanistan and Iraq-including the development of new currency, reformations at the IMF and the daunting work getting countries to forgive Iraqi debt-in too much detail, making this a longer than necessary read. Though the data and decisions he documents constitute irrefutably world-changing history, readers may find many of Taylor's section headings sufficiently informative ("Struggling to Move a Large, Disparate Group," "Getting the President's Approval for Stage One") to skip the thousand-plus words that follow.
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A must read for anyone who would understand the complexities and the challenges of the global economy. -- David M. Kennedy

An exceedingly well-written, often gripping look at how politics, national security, and global finance overlap and intersect. -- Alan Greenspan

Anyone who wants to know how government can work when it's well handled should read Taylor's book. -- Chicago Sun Times

Taylor has written a valuable insider's account of financial diplomacy in the Bush administration. -- The Washington Post

With the major media serving almost nothing but round-the-clock pessimism, it's refreshing to read a success story for a change. -- TownHall.com

More About the Author

John B. Taylor is the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He chairs the Hoover Working Group on Economic Policy and is director of Stanford's Introductory Economics Center.

Taylor's fields of expertise are monetary policy, fiscal policy, and international economics. His book Getting Off Track was one of the first on the financial crisis; his latest book, First Principles, develops an economic plan to restore America's prosperity.

Taylor served as senior economist on President Ford's and President Carter's Council of Economic Advisers, as a member of President George H. W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, and as a senior economic adviser to Bob Dole's presidential campaign, to George W. Bush's presidential campaign in 2000, and to John McCain's presidential campaign. He was a member of the Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers from 1995 to 2001. From 2001 to 2005, Taylor served as undersecretary of the Treasury for international affairs where he was responsible for currency markets, international development, for oversight of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and for coordinating policy with the G-7 and G-20.

Taylor received the Bradley Prize from the Bradley Foundation and the Adam Smith Award from the National Association for Business Economics. He was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award for his overall leadership at the US Treasury, the Treasury Distinguished Service Award for designing and implementing the currency reforms in Iraq, and the Medal of the Republic of Uruguay for his work in resolving the 2002 financial crisis. At Stanford he was awarded the George P. Shultz Distinguished Public Service Award, as well as the Hoagland Prize and the Rhodes Prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society; he formerly served as vice president of the American Economic Association.

Taylor formerly held positions as professor of economics at Princeton University and Columbia University. Taylor received a BA in economics summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1968 and a PhD in economics from Stanford University in 1973.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry H. Tempelman on December 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In Global Financial Warriors, John B. Taylor recounts the stories of his tenure as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs during the first term of the George W. Bush presidency (2001-2005). He shows how foreign policy consists of not just two but three pillars: political, military, and financial.

Professor Taylor occupied his post at the Treasury Department during an eventful time in history. In the book, he details the role of Treasury in the war on terrorism (including the global freezing of funding from al Qaeda and related terrorist groups, attempts to secure Turkey's cooperation in allowing coalition forces to enter Iraq from the north, the rebuilding of financial systems in Afghanistan and Iraq after the change in regime in those two countries), as well as the financial crisis in Argentina in 2001, attempts at reform at the IMF and at the World Bank, and exchange-rate policy negotiations with Japan and China.

Throughout, Mr. Taylor, already well known in academic and public-policy circles as a highly distinguished monetary economist, also emerges as a capable manager (examples: establish clear missions and form specialized teams to achieve those missions; subordinates are most effective when you tell them what to do but not how to do it). Incidentally, reading between the lines, so does President Bush.

What the book is not is yet another sensational score-settling political memoir. Instead, it is a highly informative insider's account of a diverse range of global financial events. The book persuasively illustrates how in the implementation of foreign policy, diplomatic, military, and financial aspects are all interrelated.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RF on March 8, 2007
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I just finished this book. I'm surprised I finished it. When I started it, I didn't think it would hold my attention, but it did. Taylor accomplished many important tasks during his tenure, most of which barely got mentioned in the news. If you have an interest in international finance, from creating a new currency in Iraq to adjusting the exchange rate for the Chinese Yuan, you will probably enjoy this book. Taylor is obviously a professional, and good at what he does. The tone of the book was a little off-putting for me - our brilliant and excellent leader, President Bush, tasked me with very important jobs, and somewhat to my surprise I was very good at excuting his orders. In spite of that recurring theme, I recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. M. Wood on August 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book is packed with detailed information about how the US has worked with the IMF, the World Bank, and other countries to combat financial crises and stabilize the global economy. You need an advanced degree in economics to fully understand it, but I found it interesting and enlightening.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Grady on March 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Global Financial Warriors" is John B. Taylor's compelling personal account of his five years as the Commanding General of the economic and financial troops fighting the War on Terror from his command center in Washington to the finance ministries and central banks of Kabul and Baghdad. This book reveals an exciting new facet of what used to be the dull and arcane world of international finance. It's essential reading for those wanting a behind-the-scene's look at the critical role of international finance in the War on Terror. Taylor's title is not just hype. Financial practitioners really have been transformed into warriors in the War on Terror.
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