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“An outstandingly lucid account of postwar economic policymaking and the dilemmas we now face. . . . It is rare to encounter a book on economics quite as intellectually exhilarating as The End of Alchemy―a dazzling performance indeed.”
- John Plender, Financial Times

“I have read umpteen books about the financial crisis of 2007–2008 and its lessons. This is the cleverest one, brimming over with new ideas. While other ‘lords of finance’ publish memoirs, King has produced a brilliant analysis not only of what went wrong in the global financial system but also of what went wrong in economics itself.”
- Niall Ferguson

“A sophisticated and highly approachable study of how modern finance has lost its way. Few individuals are more qualified than Lord Mervyn King to imagine the banking of the future. His book should be required reading.”
- Henry Kissinger

“Mervyn King asks, ‘Why has almost every industrialized country found it difficult to overcome the stagnation that followed the financial crisis in 2007–2008, and why did money and banking, the alchemists of a market economy, turn into its Achilles heel?’ He addresses these questions, and much more. For those endeavoring to understand the greatest financial crisis of our time and the future of finance, this highly provocative book is a must-read.”
- Alan Greenspan

“Drawing on years of scholarly study of banking history and his real world experience in fighting financial panic, Mervyn King has set out a new framework for monetary and financial reform. Seemingly simple in concept, it challenges prevailing banking and market practice. The End of Alchemy demands debate and a well-reasoned response.”
- Paul A. Volcker

About the Author

Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England, teaches at New York University and the London School of Economics.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Linking theories and examples on our society, economy, its reflection in the banking system and the way it needs to develop
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5.0 out of 5 stars Macroeconomics and Banking Meltdown.Simplified
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why aren't there more people like Mervyn King?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the lucid insight into International Banking I hoped for
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5.0 out of 5 stars World economic and financial imbalances and ideas to resolve them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to learn what money is.
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