From his early years in the storied arbitrage department at Goldman Sachs to his current position as chairman of the executive committee of Citigroup, Robert Rubin has been a major figure at the center of the American financial system. He was a key player in the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. With In an Uncertain World, Rubin offers a shrewd, keen analysis of some of the most important events in recent American history and presents a clear, consistent approach to thinking about markets and dealing with the new risks of the global economy.
Rubin's fundamental philosophy is that nothing is provably certain. Probabilistic thinking has guided his career in both business and government. We see that discipline at work in meetings with President Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Chinese premier Zhu Rongji, Alan Greenspan, Lawrence Summers, Newt Gingrich, Sanford Weill, and the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. We see Rubin apply it time and again while facing financial crises in Asia, Russia, and Brazil; the federal government shutdown; the rise and fall of the stock market; the challenges of the post-September 11 world; the ongoing struggle over fiscal policy; and many other momentous economic and political events.
With a compelling and candid voice and a sharp eye for detail, Rubin portrays the daily life of the White House-confronting matters both mighty and mundane--as astutely as he examines the challenges that lie ahead for the nation. Part political memoir, part prescriptive economic analysis, and part personal look at business problems, In an Uncertain World is a deep examination of Washington and Wall Street by a figure who for three decades has been at the center of both worlds.
From the Hardcover edition.
Unless you are into economics, this book is a little too heavy, especially chapter nine. His story and travelled road is very interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bob in the Valley
Rubin has the most humble and sincere narrative. As an introvert myself, I immensely resonate with a lot of his view points and decisions. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ForsythBB
I bought this book to learn about Goldman from an insider's POV. In addition to learning about Goldman's early days (the Partnership & their attitudes on risk management/trading),... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Fatcat
Dry and not as interesting as I expected...in fact, knowing now that Rubin went to Wall Street, and reading this book in hindsight, I'd have to say that he probably had a lot to do... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
Ok, that's a dramatic review title. But this appears to be a mostly up front biography. It shows how the finance on the national level is trying to deal with multiple arenas --... Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Melch Savon
Atlanta, Georgia- Robert Rubin is best known as the seventieth US Secretary of the Treasury in which he served under the Clinton administration. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Dr. Wilson Trivino
Like most autobiographies, this book reflects the egocentric proclivities of the author's self-image rather than an objective assessment of his strengths and weaknesses. Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by Philip H. Kozloff
i wasn't sure what to expect from this 400pg hard read, but since it had good references, i delved into it. Read morePublished on January 19, 2010 by n/a