Secrets of the Temple: How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country

William Greider, Author
William Greider, Author Simon & Schuster $24.45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-47989-3
Reviewed on: 01/01/1988
Release date: 01/01/1988
In this penetrating study of the Federal Reserve Board in the Reagan era, Rolling Stone writer Greider (The Education of David Stockman) views the ""Fed'' chairman (until recently Paul Volcker) as the ``second most powerful'' officer of government, the high priest of a temple as mysterious as money itself, its processes unknown to the public and yet to be fully understood by any modern president. Controlling the money supply by secretly buying and selling government bonds and thus affecting interest rates, the Fed can manipulate billions in business profits or losses and millions in worker employment and stock, bond or bank account values, the author explains. Greider's conclusions are startling at times. The Fed, he maintains, could have prevented the 1929 crash. He also asserts the ``awkward little secret'' that the federal government deliberately induces recessions, usually to bring down inflation and interest rates. A time-consuming but extremely informative read. (November 30)
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