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‘The Alchemists,’ now available in paperback

March 29, 2014 No Comments by Neil

The paperback edition of The Alchemists is now available in North America from Penguin. For a fast paced account of how central bankers came to exert vast influence over society–and how they deployed that power during the 2007 to 2012 crisis, now in a more affordable and easy-to-transport form, order here.

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The Japanese edition of ‘The Alchemists’ is available now

March 29, 2014 No Comments by Neil

You can now read the story of the leading central bankers’ efforts to combat the global financial crisis in Japanese. The Japanese edition is from Hayakawa Publishing Inc. and is available here at Amazon Japan. Here is the Japanese-language cover:

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‘The Alchemists’ is now available in German

October 19, 2013 No Comments by Neil

Want to read the story of the world’s central bankers, how they came to exercise great power and how they used that power during the 2007 to 2012 crisis? And want to read that story in German? The Alchemists has now been published in German. Die Alchemisten: Die geheime Welt der Zentralbanker is available now from […]

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‘The Alchemists’ is on the short list for the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award

September 21, 2013 No Comments by Neil

The Alchemists is one of six books named a finalist for the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award! Judge and former UK minister Shriti Vadera praised the book for “saying something that’s not been said.” Other books in the running include Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, Brad Stone’s forthcoming The Everything Store about the rise […]

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‘The Alchemists’ is on the long list for the FT Business Book Award

August 10, 2013 No Comments by Neil

The long list of candidates for the Financial Times-Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year award is out, and The Alchemists is on it. The “sweeping history of central banking” makes the 14-book list, which also includes Alan Blinder’s When the Music Stopped, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, and Moises Naim’s The End of Power. The short list of finalists is […]

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‘The Alchemists’ hits the New York Times Extended Bestseller List

April 28, 2013 No Comments by Neil

Hey, look at that. The Alchemists is number 27 on the April 28 edition of the New York Times extended bestseller list for hardcover nonfiction. Buy your copy today here.

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‘The Alchemists’ is now available as an audiobook

April 13, 2013 No Comments by Neil

Prefer to listen to your books?  “The Alchemists” in now available as a 14 hour, 19 minute audiobook form. The narrator is Walter Dixon, and it was produced by Gildan Media. It is available here, and is free if you sign up for a 30-day trial membership to Audible.com.

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Read a new interview about ‘The Alchemists’ with the New York Times’s Economix blog

April 4, 2013 1 Comment by Neil

Binyamin Appelbaum, the New York Times’s Fed correspondent, interviewed me about The Alchemists. We covered a range of questions, from which central banker would make the best dinner party companion to whether the global economy is truly in the clear. Appelbaum’s questions were that rarest of variety that made the interviewee (me, that is) think […]

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Meet the Chinese central banker who holds the economic future of the world’s most populous nation in his hands

April 3, 2013 No Comments by Neil

Foreign Policy has an exclusive excerpt of a chapter of The Alchemists that reports on China’s central bank and its leader. Zhou Xiaochuan, has been governor of the People’s Bank of China for more than a decade, and in that role has tried to guide the world’s most populous nation toward a modern financial system. […]

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Errors in The Alchemists

March 30, 2013 No Comments by Neil

“The Alchemists” is a complex book, covering events over more than 300 years and on three continents. There will inevitably be mistakes, and as I discover them (or readers point them out), I will correct them here. Future editions of the book will reflect these changes. If you spot an error, report it here. — […]

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