After the Music Stopped by Alan S. Blinder
The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead

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8 Critic Reviews

...communications failure is the most telling theme of “After the Music Stopped,” Alan S. Blinder’s terrific book on the crisis of 2008.
-NY Times

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Named one of the Ten Best Books of 2013 by Michiko Kakutani and the New York Times Book Review 

“Blinder is a master storyteller . . . one of the best books yet about the financial crisis.” —The Wall Street Journal

Alan S. Blinder—esteemed Princeton professor, Wall Street Journal columnist, and former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board under Alan Greenspan—is one of our wisest and most clear-eyed economic thinkers. In After the Music Stopped, he delivers a masterful narrative of how the worst economic crisis in postwar American history happened, what the government did to fight it, and what we must do to recover from it. With bracing clarity, Blinder chronicles the perfect storm of events beginning in 2007, from the bursting of the housing bubble to the implosion of the bond bubble, and how events in the U.S. spread throughout the interconnected global economy. Truly comprehensive and eminently readable, After the Music Stopped is the essential book about the financial crisis.
 

About Alan S. Blinder

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ALAN S. BLINDER is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the vice chairman of the Promontory Interfinancial Network, a financial services firm based in Arlington, Virginia. He served as the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors from 1994 to 1996 and was a member of President Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers. He writes a regular monthly op-ed column for The Wall Street Journal and appears frequently on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, and elsewhere.
 
Published January 24, 2013 by Penguin Books. 497 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Nov 26 2012

A clearheaded analysis with a final section suggesting that lessons learned from the crisis are already being ignored.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Matthew Bishop on Mar 01 2013

...communications failure is the most telling theme of “After the Music Stopped,” Alan S. Blinder’s terrific book on the crisis of 2008.

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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Feb 07 2013

Mr. Blinder draws on the work of many...reporters in his account...large portions of “After the Music Stopped” feel familiar...

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WSJ online

Excellent
on Jan 18 2013

A masterful account of how the housing crisis and credit crunch nearly brought down the economy.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Stephen Roulac on Jan 24 2013

Say what? How can the economy prosper without a mortgage system? Sadly, this and other critical questions are neither posed nor answered.

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LA Times

Above average
on Jan 25 2013

Author Alan Blinder has sterling economic credentials yet is only partly successful in making the complex meltdown of 2007-09 understandable in layman's terms.

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The Washington Post

Above average
on Jan 25 2013

Unfortunately for him, he is a bit late to the game.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Excellent
on Jan 21 2013

After the Music Stopped is an essential history that we cannot afford to forget, because one thing history teaches is that it will happen again.

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