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The Euro Zone, the IMF and the Crisis that Enfeebled Them
Award-winning journalist and author Paul Blustein has received wide acclaim for his books about the inner workings of international economic institutions, notably the International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization.
Based on interviews with policy makers and on thousands of pages of confidential documents to which Blustein obtained exclusive access, this book focuses on the IMF and the run-up to and early months of the crisis. Blustein exposes serious weaknesses in these and other institutions, which lead to sobering conclusions about the governability of the global economy.
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Reviews of previous books:
Off Balance: The Travails of Institutions That Govern the Global Financial System (CIGI, 2013)
`Using confidential documents, interviews and financial forensics, Mr. Blustein reveals - in often unflattering detail - the efforts of the world's financial leaders as they scramble to repair the badly-broken global economy.' The Wall Street Journal
`The new revelations based on confidential documents alone are well worth the price of entry, although there is much more for the specialist and general reader alike. Highly recommended.' Barry Eichengreen, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Misadventures of the Most Favoured Nations: Clashing Egos, Inflated Ambitions, and the Great Shambles of the World Trade System (Public Affairs, 2009)
`Blustein has an eye for detail which illuminates the personalities and political motivations of the changing cast of characters involved in haggling over trade barriers. All this ensures that his book is lively enough to engage even those with only a passing interest in the intricacies of global trade talks. But he is also an able guide to the details of such negotiations. That he is able to do this without inundating readers with a flood of incomprehensible acronyms is no mean feat.'The Economist
'Blustein has thoroughly mastered the craft of breathing life into intrinsically dull material with compelling thematic narrative and delicious character studies. . . .A shimmering, essential read for those seeking a deeper and more nuanced perspective on the modern commerce of nations.'The Washington Post
And the Money Kept Rolling In (And Out): Wall Street, the IMF, and the Bankrupting of Argentina (PublicAffairs, 2005)
`An absorbing tale of hope, folly, and betrayal [and] an authoritative account of the nation's unravelling.' The Los Angeles Times
`The book could have been titled 'CSI Buenos Aires' because what Blustein expertly investigates is undoubtedly an economic crime scene.' The Washington Post