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The mightiest mania

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August 2005, no. 273

Bubble Man: Alan Greenspan and the missing 7 trillion dollars by Peter Hartcher

Black Inc., $27.95 pb, 201 pp

The mightiest mania

by
August 2005, no. 273

Peter Hartcher has written a terrific book. It is that rarity in Australian publishing: an account of a significant economic event written in language that is totally comprehensible to the non-economist. It is shaped like a true-crime psychological thriller.

The scene of the carnage is the American dotcom bubble, which began to gather pace in 1996 and in time became ‘the mightiest mania in the four centuries of financial capitalism’. When it finally imploded in March 2000, it had wiped out US$7.8 trillion in shareholder wealth, and in the ensuing recession 2.3 million people were thrown out of work. Hartcher accuses the soon-to-retire chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, of being one of the principal culprits in this debacle, and his book seeks to justify that verdict and to explore how it came about.

Richard Walsh reviews ‘Bubble Man: Alan Greenspan and the missing 7 trillion dollars’ by Peter Hartcher

Bubble Man: Alan Greenspan and the missing 7 trillion dollars

by Peter Hartcher

Black Inc., $27.95 pb, 201 pp

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