‘The Alchemists’ makes best of 2013 lists at the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and more

December 14, 2013 No Comments by Neil

As a wide range of news outlets publish their best books of the year lists, The Alchemists is showing up on quite a few of  them.

At The Wall Street Journal, Richard Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, writes that “‘The Alchemists’ offers perhaps the best account yet of the accidentally transformational leaders that central bankers became with the financial crisis that erupted in 2007.”

Bloomberg surveyed various luminaries for their book recommendations, and noted that The Alchemists was a popular selection. Fisher also praised it there, as did Vidi Banga, operating partner at Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLP, who called it “a fascinating story of the three central bankers. Each a very different individual with his own beliefs, combating the crisis in very different political contexts.”

At NPR, a list of the best books of the year has this to say about The Alchemists: “Another book on the financial crisis and its aftermath? To borrow a phrase, “This time is different.” Neil Irwin of The Washington Post reinvigorates a familiar tale by focusing on the partnership of three men: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet. Worst idea ever for a buddy movie? Not exactly. Each man is fascinating in his own right, and each was prepared to act on the lessons of history. The result is a deep study of the role of central banks in modern economies and the staggering power of the bankers running them.”

The Washington Post included the book on its “Notable nonfiction of 2013″ list.

And 800-CEO-READ, a business books Web site, includes The Alchemists on its short list for finance and economics book of the year.

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