The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis by Ben S. Bernanke

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His detailed account of the Fed's specific responses to the crisis is illuminating.
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In 2012, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, gave a series of lectures about the Federal Reserve and the 2008 financial crisis, as part of a course at George Washington University on the role of the Federal Reserve in the economy. In this unusual event, Bernanke revealed important background and insights into the central bank's crucial actions during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Taken directly from these historic talks, The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis offers insight into the guiding principles behind the Fed's activities and the lessons to be learned from its handling of recent economic challenges.

Bernanke traces the origins of the Federal Reserve, from its inception in 1914 through the Second World War, and he looks at the Fed post-1945, when it began operating independently from other governmental departments such as the Treasury. During this time the Fed grappled with episodes of high inflation, finally tamed by then-chairman Paul Volcker. Bernanke also explores the period under his predecessor, Alan Greenspan, known as the Great Moderation. Bernanke then delves into the Fed's reaction to the recent financial crisis, focusing on the central bank's role as the lender of last resort and discussing efforts that injected liquidity into the banking system. Bernanke points out that monetary policies alone cannot revive the economy, and he describes ongoing structural and regulatory problems that need to be addressed.

Providing first-hand knowledge of how problems in the financial system were handled, The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis will long be studied by those interested in this critical moment in history.

 

About Ben S. Bernanke

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Ben S. Bernanke is chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve. He has served as chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. Before his time in public service he was a professor of economics at Princeton University. His many books include "Essays on the Great Depression" and "Inflation Targeting" (both Princeton).
 
Published February 24, 2013 by Princeton University Press. 136 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jeffrey R Hummel on Mar 28 2013

His detailed account of the Fed's specific responses to the crisis is illuminating.

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Reviewed by Carrie Sheffield on Apr 22 2013

All told, this is a useful and highly approachable take on the history of central banking and the recent financial crisis. It’s worth a read, if only to get a first-person narrative from one of the most important figures in global capital markets.

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