Currently browsing - Financial Crisis

Sebastian Mallaby’s incisive biography of Alan Greenspan ‘The Man Who Knew’

sebastian-mallaby the man who knewFormer Washington Post columnist and senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, Sebastian Mallaby‘s biography of Alan Greenspan has generated exceptional coverage and reviews since its release on October 11.

The book explores Greenspan’s image as a hero/villain of the global economy and, most importantly, delves into whether Greenspan foresaw the financial crash in 2008 but refused to act.  In a nuanced and thought-provoking read, Mallaby speculates as to whether a different man in the same position could have prevented the economic crisis. The book has been shortlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.


About the book:

Sebastian Mallaby brilliantly shows the subtlety and complexity of Alan Greenspan’s legacy. Full of beautifully rendered high-octane political infighting, hard-hitting dialogue and stories, The Man Who Knew is superbly researched, enormously gripping and the story of the making of modern finance.

“The Man Who Knew” is a tour de force, the story not just of Alan Greenspan’s career but equally of America’s economic triumphs and failures over five decades. This carefully researched and elegantly written book will be essential reading for those who aspire to make policy and for anyone who wants to divine what drives the choices that our leaders make.” – Professor Randall Kroszner, Wall Street Journal

“Mr. Greenspan is a fascinating subject because for so long he was considered a genius, only to later be blamed for the financial crisis. Mr. Mallaby does an exquisite job going beyond these two versions of the Greenspan narrative and taking the reader inside the complicated mind of a man who may have had one of the largest ever influences over our economy.” – Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times

“A fascinating and balanced study of arguably the most important figure of the post-war global financial scene.” – Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, 2003–2013



“Sebastian Mallaby’s Biography Shows That Alan Greenspan Foresaw the Housing Crisis. Why Didn’t He Act?” in the Wall Street Journal

“Man in the dock: Was Alan Greenspan to blame for the financial crisis?” in The Economist

“The Greenspan effect: could he have done more to avert crisis?” in the Financial Times

“A Reading List of Tell-Alls, Strategic Plans and Cautionary Tales in Finance” in The New York Times



Sebastian Mallaby – The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan at Politics & Prose bookstore (Oct 17)

Systemic Risk Centre public lecture at London School of Economics (Nov 7)



Sebastian is available for keynotes and events worldwide, simply contact us if you’d like to know more about Sebastian’s topics, books or availability.

Watch >> Sebastian discuss systemic risk with The Economist





















“Between Debt and the Devil”: Adair Turner sets the record straight on the causes of the financial crisis

Between Debt and the Devil - Adair TurnerLord Adair Turner is one of the world’s most influential experts on global economic trends, finance, and macro prudential regulation. A brilliant speaker, his forthcoming book – “Between Debt and the Devil: Money, Credit, and Fixing Global Finance” (Princeton, October 2015) – presents a characteristically daring analysis of the realities behind the financial crisis, and how to prevent it from happening again.

“Between Debt and the Devil” sets the record straight about what really caused the crisis. It didn’t happen because banks are too big to fail – our addiction to private debt is to blame. This eye opening book shows why we need to reject the assumption that private credit is essential to growth and fiat money is inevitably dangerous.

Adair was appointed Chairman of the UK’s Financial Services Authority just as the global financial crisis struck in 2008. In 2009 he produced the influential Turner Review, which recommended a thorough re-think of global banking regulation in response to the credit crunch and collapse of global banking liquidity.

He is now Senior Fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking – a think tank founded by George Soros – where he dedicates his time to answering the big questions facing macroeconomic policy-makers across the world.

If you’d like to learn more about Adair Turner‘s book, speaking topics and availability, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Joseph Stiglitz: “The Real Cost of America’s Wars”

Joseph Stiglitz speaker - "The Real Cost of America's Wars"After nearly 12 years, the US is readying itself for withdrawal from Afghanistan. However, Joseph Stiglitz believes that “there will be little in the way of a peace dividend for the US economy once the fighting stops”, as he discusses the real cost of America’s wars.

The US has already borrowed $2tn to finance the Afghanistan and Iraq wars – a major component of the $9tn debt the country has amassed since 2001, along with those arising from the financial crisis and the tax cuts implemented by President George W. Bush. However, withdrawal will not have a rejuvenative effect on America’s continuingly embattled economy.

“It could have been hoped that the ending of the wars would provide a large peace dividend, such as the one resulting from the end of the cold war that helped us to invest more in butter and less in guns,” Stiglitz says. “Instead, the legacy of poor decision-making from the expensive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will live on in a continued drain on the US economy – long after the last troop returns to American soil.” In Stiglitz’ lastest must-see piece, he sets out exactly why a positive and/or a basic reduction in spending should not be anticipated.

You can read it here.

For more information on how to book Joseph Stiglitz as a speaker, please contact Alex Hickman at or call +44 (0) 20 7792 8004.

get in touch

We’re here to help.

If you can’t find the right speaker you need, or would like speaker ideas tailored to your event,

talk to us on the details below.

For UK, Europe and general enquiries, please contact

Rob Higgins

+44 207 293 0864

For US enquiries,

please contact

Ellis Trevor

+1 646-844-8287 

For Middle East, Asia & international enquiries

please contact

Raleigh Addington

+852 5819 2227