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  • The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Benn Steil
    • Narrated By Philip Rose
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    (80)
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    (66)
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    (66)

    When turmoil strikes world monetary and financial markets, leaders invariably call for "a new Bretton Woods" to prevent catastrophic economic disorder and defuse political conflict. The name of the remote New Hampshire town where representatives of 44 nations gathered in July 1944, in the midst of the century's second great war, has become shorthand for enlightened globalization.

    James says: "Fascinating!"
    "Is this a mystery, a history or an economics book?"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Battle of Bretton Woods the most enjoyable?

    I liked all three books in one. If you want to know what the gold bugs, Federal Reserve, economists and the currency warriors are thinking read this book. Reality is stranger than life. The American seeking financial discipline at Bretton was a Russian spy. The Englishman seeking a phony money currency to bail out indebted nations was John Maynard Keynes. The same scenario plays out today: austerity or. funny money or a mix. Inflation or deflation, that's part of the mystery we all all living with. But to really get it, you have to know a little history. Terrific narration too.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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