And the Money Kept Rolling In (and Out) Wall Street, the IMF, and the Bankrupting of Argentina

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In the 1990s, few countries were more lionized than Argentina for its efforts to join the club of wealthy nations. Argentina's policies drew enthusiastic applause from the IMF, the World Bank and Wall Street. But the club has a disturbing propensity to turn its back on arrivistes and cast them out. That was what happened in 2001, when Argentina suffered one of the most spectacular crashes in modern history. With it came appalling social and political chaos, a collapse of the peso, and a wrenching downturn that threw millions into poverty and left nearly one-quarter of the workforce unemployed. Paul Blustein, whose book about the IMF, The Chastening , was called "gripping, often frightening" by The Economist and lauded by the Wall Street Journal as "a superbly reported and skillfully woven story," now gets right inside Argentina's rise and fall in a dramatic account based on hundreds of interviews with top policymakers and financial market players as well as reams of internal documents. He shows how the IMF turned a blind eye to the vulnerabilities of its star pupil, and exposes the conduct of global financial market players in Argentina as redolent of the scandals , like those at Enron, WorldCom and Global Crossing , that rocked Wall Street in recent years. By going behind the scenes of Argentina's debacle, Blustein shows with unmistakable clarity how sadly elusive the path of hope and progress remains to the great bulk of humanity still mired in poverty and underdevelopment.


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Author(s)
Paul Blustein
Format
Paperback | 304 pages
Dimensions
127 x 201 x 19mm | 316g
Publication date
04 Apr 2006
Publisher
INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Imprint
PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
1586483811
ISBN13
9781586483814
Bestsellers rank
248,835
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