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Can Greenspan Write?

Michael Kinsley reviews Alan Greenspan’s The Age of Turbulence and pronounces:

So the suspense is over: Alan Greenspan is able to express himself in clear English prose.

That is just the first of many things wrong with Kinsley’s ridiculously partisan review of Greenspan’s memoirs.

I’m about half-way through Greenspan’s book and my first reaction was that Greenspan did not write it.  Greenspan himself acknowledges the assistance of a collaborator in the writing and it is clear that whatever Greenspan contributed has been heavily re-written.  Greenspan’s distinctive voice is evident in his many speeches as Fed Chairman, but it is not to be found in this book.  With the publisher having paid a USD 8.5 million advance, it is hardly surprising they would want the book professionally written. 

As for the substance of the book, more later…


posted on 16 October 2007 by skirchner in Economics, Financial Markets

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