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Books of the Month!

The Fed and Lehman Brothers

Based on a meticulous four-year study of the Lehman case, The Fed and Lehman Brothers debunks the official narrative of the crisis. It shows that in reality, the Fed could have rescued Lehman but officials chose not to because of political pressures and because they underestimated the damage that the bankruptcy would do to the economy. The compelling story of the Lehman collapse will interest anyone who cares about what caused the financial crisis, whether the leaders of the Federal Reserve have given accurate accounts of their actions, and how the Fed can prevent future financial disasters.

The Myth of Capitalism

The Myth of Capitalism is the story of industrial concentration, but it matters to everyone, because the stakes could not be higher. It tackles the big questions of: why is the US becoming a more unequal society, why is economic growth anemic despite trillions of dollars of federal debt and money printing, why the number of start-ups has declined, and why are workers losing out.

Gigged

In the tradition of the great business narratives of our time, Gigged offers deeply-sourced, up-close-and-personal accounts of our new economy. From the computer programmer who chooses exactly which hours he works each week, to the Uber driver who starts a union, to the charity worker who believes freelance gigs might just transform a declining rural town, journalist Sarah Kessler follows a wide range of individuals from across the country to provide a nuanced look at how the gig economy is playing out in real-time. Kessler wades through the hype and hyperbole to tackle the big questions: What does the future of work look like? Will the millennial generation do as well as their parents? How can we all find meaningful, well-paid work?

Keeping at It

Paul Volcker has devoted his life's work to public service and the critical importance of open, disciplined and efficient government. As chairman of the Federal Reserve (1979-1987) he literally rescued the American economy from destroying itself, summoning the courage to take radical and controversial steps to slay the inflation dragon. And whenever the going got really tough--the financial crash of 2008, the need to reform banking, the oil for food UN scandal, the turmoil in Switzerland over theft of Holocaust victims, cheating in Major League Baseball--US presidents and other leaders said to "get Volcker in here to help me work this thing through."

Library Happenings

Bloomberg Presentation/Training: Metals Market Analysis

Metals Market Specialist Todd Sibilla will provide a combination presentation and demo to show how you can leverage the Bloomberg Terminal to analyze the Global Metals Markets. Our speaker will help you to:

  • Track the impact of U.S. Section 232 tariffs and sanctions
  • Explore news, analysis, regional pricing, inventories and suppliers of identified critical metals such as steel and aluminum
  • Identify strategic vulnerabilities to the supply chain
  • Track and quantify relationship exposure of key players and their suppliers/clients
  • Forecast growth via New Energy Finance research as well as new data sets and contributors
Date:
Thursday, Jan 24, 2019
Time:
9:30am - 10:30am

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