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This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly Hardcover – Oct 1 2009

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  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691142165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691142166
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winner of the 2011 Gold Medal Arthur Ross Book Award, Council on Foreign Relations

Winner of the 2010 Paul A. Samuelson Award, TIAA-CREF

One of USA Today's "Year's Best Business Books To Make Sense of Financial Crisis"

Listed on Bloomberg.com by James Pressley as one of "our favorite financial-crisis books this year"

Shortlisted for the 2010 Spear's Book of the Year Award in Financial History

Finalist for the 2011 Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize

Runner-Up for the Book of the Year, The Atlantic

Finalist for the 2009 Business Book Award ("Best of the Rest") in Current Interest, 800-CEO-READ

One of Library Journal Best Business Books - Economics/U.S. Economy category

"Mr. Rogoff, a professor of economics at Harvard University, accurately predicted the eurozone debt crisis and for years has been telling anyone who would listen that China posed the next big threat to the global economy. He is starting to look right, again. . . . 'China is the classic "This time is different" story,' Mr. Rogoff said."--Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times

"[E]ssential reading . . . both for its originality and for the sobering patterns of financial behaviour it reveals."--Economist

"Reinhart and Rogoff have compiled an impressive database, which covers eight centuries of government debt defaults from around the world. They have also collected statistics on inflation rates from every country where information is available and on banking crises and international capital flows over the past couple of centuries. This lengthy historical study gives what they call a 'panoramic view' of the unending cycle of boom and bust, showing how claims that 'this time is different' are invariably proven wrong. . . . This Time Is Different doesn't simply explain what went wrong in our most recent crisis. This book also provides a roadmap of how things are likely to pan out in the years to come. . . . This Time Is Different is an important addition to the literature of financial history."--Edward Chancellor, Wall Street Journal

"Everyone working on economic policy should own This Time is Different and open it for a bracing blast of sobriety when things seem to be going well."--Greg Ip, Washington Post

"[T]he most comprehensive study of financial crises and their aftermath."--Eduardo Porter, New York Times

"The authors use copious amounts of data . . . to make the compelling case that any well-informed person should have seen the Great Recession coming. The essence of their book is that while financial crises come in different varieties, they are not mysteriously born of undersea earthquakes, but frequently occurring events that can be spotted and even controlled if politicians and regulators know what to look for."--Devin Leonard, New York Times

"This Time is Different takes a Sergeant Friday, just-the-facts-ma'am approach: before we start theorizing, let's take a hard look at what history tells us. One side benefit of this approach is that the current book manages to be both extremely useful to professional economists and accessible to the intelligent lay reader. The Reinhart-Rogoff approach has already paid off handsomely in making sense of current events."--Robin Wells and Paul Krugman, New York Review of Books

"[A] terrific book."--Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times

"Among policy experts and economists, This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly . . . has become so influential that when somebody says, 'We live in a Reinhart-Rogoff world,' everybody else in the room nods sagely."--Justin Lahart, Wall Street Journal

From the Inside Flap

"This Time Is Different is a tremendously exciting, topical, and controversial book on the history of debt and default. This one belongs on everyone's shelf."--Barry Eichengreen, author ofThe European Economy since 1945

"This is quite simply the best empirical investigation of financial crises ever published. Covering hundreds of years and bringing together a dizzying array of data, Reinhart and Rogoff have made a truly heroic contribution to financial history. This single marvelous volume is worth a thousand mathematical models."--Niall Ferguson, author ofThe Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

"This Time is Different is terrific, for it gives just the perspective we need on the current world economic crisis. People can't expect to understand the current crisis without some in-depth look at past crises. That is exactly what this excellent and timely book provides."--Robert J. Shiller, author of Irrational Exuberance and coauthor ofAnimal Spirits

"You will be hard-pressed to find a more comprehensive and insightful analysis of financial crises. Reinhart and Rogoff's superb book is a must-read for anyone looking to understand past and present crises, as well as navigate those of tomorrow."--Mohamed El-Erian, author of When Markets Collide

"I would say that her [Carmen Reinhart's] book with Ken Rogoff on debt crises and financial crises is an extraordinary piece of work."--Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, speaking before the House Budget Committee (6/9/2010)

"A classic."--Nouriel Roubini

"The most important authorities probably in the world now on financial crashes are Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhart. . . . And I read it [This Time is Different]."--Former President Bill Clinton, speech at Youngstown, OH, October 31, 2012

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