In an uncertain world : tough choices from Wall Street to Washington
- Robert E. Rubin and Jacob Weisberg.
- New York : Random House, c2003.
- Physical description
- xiii, 427 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
At the library
- A note from the author
- The first crisis of the twenty-first century
- A market education
- Inside and outside Goldman Sachs
- A political education
- White House life
- Confidence and credibility
- Talking softly
- World on the brink
- A crisis considered
- Hitting bottom
- Politics and business
- Greed, fear, and complacency
- They called it Rubinomics
- A declaration of independence.
- Publisher's description: 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.
- Rubin, Robert Edward, 1938-
- United States. Department of the Treasury > Officials and employees > Biography.
- Finance ministers > United States > Biography.
- Fiscal policy > United States.
- United States > Economic policy > 1993-2001.
- Rubin, Robert Edward, 1938-
- United States. Department of the Treasury.
- Economic policy.
- Finance ministers.
- Fiscal policy.
- United States.
- Publication date
- Title Variation
- Tough choices from Wall Street to Washington
- Includes index.
- 0375505857 (acid-free paper)
- 9780375505850 (acid-free paper)
- 0375757309 (pbk.)
- 9780375757303 (pbk.)
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