The World Is Curved: Hidden Dangers to the Global Economy

Author: David M. Smick
Publisher: Portfolio Trade
Released: 2009

Editorial Reviews:
“The World Is Curved is an essential read for those who wish to understand the workings, politics, and distresses of the global financial system. David Smick has done an outstanding job in drawing on his interactions with many of the key players in international finance to produce an insightful and entertaining book.”
—Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board; author of The Age of Turbulence

“David Smick understands, as few do, that international finance depends on politics and passions as much as on policies. Agree or disagree, his sense of where we have been and where we are going deserves close attention. He writes in a way that makes giving close attention a pleasure.”
—Lawrence H. Summers, former U.S. secretary of the treasury

“Smick is a world-class thinker. Any serious investor must read what he has to say.”
—Barton M. Biggs, Traxis Partners; author of Hedgehogging and Wealth, War, and Wisdom

“The World Is Curved makes transparent all the challenges facing today’s new global economy. Read along while Smick exposes the hidden global economic dangers and what steps must be taken to correct an imperfect system.”
—Bill Bradley, former U.S. senator

“The World Is Curved affords an engrossing look at the edifice upon which global finance has been built. It’s a vision we ignore at our peril.”
—George P. Shultz, former U.S. secretary of state

“This is a very inspiring and intellectually stimulating book that makes remarkably transparent a number of factors behind the booms and busts of today’s global finance.”
—Jean-Claude Trichet, president, European Central Bank

“The World Is Curved is a brilliant, if disturbing, exposé of today’s global financial minefields and an equally compelling description of possible remedies. The next president would do well to read this book.”
—Lawrence Eagleburger, former U.S. secretary of state

Product Description:
David Smick keeps a low profile, but experts consider him one of the most insightful financial market strategists in the world. For more than two decades, he has conferred with central bankers and advised top Wall Street executives and investors.
The World Is Curved picks up where Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat left off, taking listeners on an insider’s tour through the private offices of central bankers, finance ministers, even prime ministers. Smick reveals how today’s risky environment came to be—and why the mortgage mess is a symptom of potentially far more devastating trouble. He wrestles with the two questions on everyone’s mind: How bad could things really get in today’s volatile economy? And what can we do about it?

The World Is Curved is the rare work that speaks simultaneously to the Wall Street, Washington, and London elite, yet its apt storytelling shows Main Street readers how to survive in these turbulent times.

“The World Is Curved is...essential...for those who wish to understand the workings, politics, and distresses of the global financial system...insightful and entertaining...” — Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board; author of The Age of Turbulence

“David Smick’s probing insights in The World Is Curved stem from an extraordinary vantage point
few observers can match.”—George Soros, Soros Fund Management


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