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Keeping At It:The Quest for Sound Money and Good Government by Paul A. Volcker, Christine Harper

Keeping At It: The Quest for Sound Money and Good Government

Paul A. Volcker, Christine Harper

3.73 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publication date: 30 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781541788312

The extraordinary life story of the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, whose absolute integrity provides the inspiration we need as our constitutional system and political tradition are being tested to the breaking point.

3 stars out of 5
Stephanie Mehta
14 Dec 2018

"Memoir delivers a powerful message"

But make no mistake, Volcker has much to say, and the absence of bomb-throwing gives his message added weight. This is no central banker crying wolf. When the 91-year-old economist decries the role private interests have played in eroding sound money and good government, he offers plenty of firsthand evidence, from the savings-and-loan fiasco of the 1980s and 1990s to the financial crisis of 2008-09.


4 stars out of 5
Ed Conway
7 Dec 2018

"A banking titan takes aim at Washington’s self-interest and greed"

This book is not merely a whistlestop tour through Volcker’s career, but also, more powerfully, an appeal from an economic giant for an end to the madness. Volcker, 91 and in poor health, clearly means this book to be his parting message to the world. And that message, as he looks on today’s lobbyists, self-aggrandising politicians and greedy financiers, is one of disgust. “I no longer want to visit Washington,” he writes of his old home town. “What not so long ago was a middle-class, mid-sized city dominated by an ethic of public service today simply oozes wealth and entitlement.”

4 stars out of 5
Martin Wolf
29 Oct 2018

"This book is more than an account of his life. It is his credo."

This book is more than an account of his life. It is his credo. Towards its end, he writes: “We face a huge challenge in this country to restore a sense of public purpose and of trust in government. It will require critically needed reforms in our political processes and leaders who can restore and preserve a consensus upon which our great democracy can depend.” Volcker has lessons to impart. This, he writes, “is the reason I finally decided to write this memoir”.