In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 18, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography
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Robert Rubin was sworn in as the seventieth U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in January 1995 in a brisk ceremony attended only by his wife and a few colleagues. As soon as the ceremony was over, he began an emergency meeting with President Bill Clinton on the financial crisis in Mexico. This was not only a harbinger of things to come during what would prove to be a rocky period in the global economy; it also captured the essence of Rubin himself--short on formality, quick to get into the nitty-gritty.

From his early years in the storied arbitrage department at Goldman Sachs to his current position as chairman of the executive committee of Citigroup, Robert Rubin has been a major figure at the center of the American financial system. He was a key player in the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. With In an Uncertain World, Rubin offers a shrewd, keen analysis of some of the most important events in recent American history and presents a clear, consistent approach to thinking about markets and dealing with the new risks of the global economy.

Rubin's fundamental philosophy is that nothing is provably certain. Probabilistic thinking has guided his career in both business and government. We see that discipline at work in meetings with President Clinton and Hillary Clinton, Chinese premier Zhu Rongji, Alan Greenspan, Lawrence Summers, Newt Gingrich, Sanford Weill, and the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. We see Rubin apply it time and again while facing financial crises in Asia, Russia, and Brazil; the federal government shutdown; the rise and fall of the stock market; the challenges of the post-September 11 world; the ongoing struggle over fiscal policy; and many other momentous economic and political events.

With a compelling and candid voice and a sharp eye for detail, Rubin portrays the daily life of the White House-confronting matters both mighty and mundane--as astutely as he examines the challenges that lie ahead for the nation. Part political memoir, part prescriptive economic analysis, and part personal look at business problems, In an Uncertain World is a deep examination of Washington and Wall Street by a figure who for three decades has been at the center of both worlds.


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Review: In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington

User Review  - Greg Talbot - Goodreads

With the snappy title, you'd think this was a much more interesting book. The sad reality is that Robert Rubin's biography does not live up in style, content or IQ level of the writer. Having obtained ... Read full review

Review: In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington

User Review  - G166188 - Goodreads

A book about Rubin's upbringing and professional experience in banking and politics. Takeaway Nothing is for sure. Life is more about odds, choices, and trade-offs. There is no definitive answer. One ... Read full review

Contents

The First Crisis of the Twentyfirst Century
3
A Market Education
39
Inside and Outside Goldman Sachs
76
A Political Education
109
White House Life
132
Confidence and Credibility
155
Talking Softly
177
World on the Brink
212
Hitting Bottom
272
Politics and Business
298
Greed Fear and Complacency
321
They Called It Rubinomics
351
A Declaration of Interdependence
383
Acknowledgments
403
Index
407
Copyright

A Crisis Considered
242

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About the author (2003)

Robert E. Rubin spent twenty-six years at Goldman Sachs, rising to co-senior partner, before becoming director of the White House National Economic Council from 1993 to 1995, and U.S. Treasury Secretary from 1995 to 1999. He is currently a director of Citigroup. He and his wife, Judy, live in New York City, as do their two sons.

Jacob Weisberg is the editor of Slate and the author of In Defense of Government.


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