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The Origin of Financial Crises

The Origin of Financial Crises

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Written by George CooperAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by George Cooper

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: October 29, 2008
  • Price: $13.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-307-47345-5 (0-307-47345-7)
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about this book

In a series of disarmingly simple arguments financial market analyst George Cooper challenges the core principles of today's economic orthodoxy and explains how we have created an economy that is inherently unstable and crisis prone. With great skill, he examines the very foundations of today's economic philosophy and adds a compelling analysis of the forces behind economic crisis. His goal is nothing less than preventing the seemingly endless procession of damaging boom-bust cycles, unsustainable economic bubbles, crippling credit crunches, and debilitating inflation. His direct, conscientious, and honest approach will captivate any reader and is an invaluable aid in understanding today's economy.


“A must-read on the origins of the crisis.”
The Economist

“A must read. . . . The problem, says Mr. Cooper, is that central banks have subscribed to one economic philosophy in an expanding economy and quite another when the economy is contracting. . . . Cooper's book is by far the most cogent and reasoned of the modern-day 'credit excess' school.”
The Economist

“A well written book. . . . Cooper's most novel doctrine is that investors do not have to be irrational to generate bubbles. . . . Mr. Cooper traces present difficulties to the rapid growth of credit encouraged by the Fed's ultra-cheap money policy of a few years ago.”
Financial Times