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New York Times Book Review
"Rauchway tells this important story with passion, intelligence and style...The Money Makers is economic and diplomatic history of the first order. It tells a crucially important story about a central development in the world of economy, the emergence of the modern monetary system. And it tells this story with sensitivity to the economic, diplomatic and political environment. Anyone with even a passing interest in international economic affairs will benefit from reading this intelligent, timely and thoroughly accessible book. And perhaps today's policy makers—especially contemporary advocates of orthodox austerity sitting in Berlin—can learn something from the story Eric Rauchway tells so well."

Wall Street Journal
"A close-to-the-ground account of the political and intellectual forces that drove the decision. Mr. Rauchway's prose is lucid and unpretentious, and his explanations of technical monetary issues are smoothly integrated with the flow of the story."

Economist
"An excellent primer on Franklin Roosevelt's economics.... Impressive. Mr Rauchway combines three things that you seldom see in economic-history books: sufficient attention to complexity; a solid grasp of the economics; and writing that is enjoyable to read. Barely a page goes by without some lovely detail.... As an introduction to the economic debates taking place in London and Washington in the 1930s and 1940s, Mr Rauchway's work could not be bettered."

Library Journal
"Rauchway succinctly places [Bretton Woods] within its political and economic context.... A useful, readable companion to Ed Conway's The Summit."

The Money Makers

How Roosevelt and Keynes Ended the Depression, Defeated Fascism, and Secured a Prosperous Peace

By Eric Rauchway

An absorbing narrative history showing how FDR and his advisors pulled the levers of monetary policy to save the domestic economy and propel the United States to unprecedented prosperity and superpower status

Shortly after arriving in the White House in early 1933, Franklin Roosevelt took the United States off the gold standard. His opponents thought his decision unwise at best, and ruinous at worst. But they could not have been more wrong.

With The Money Makers, Eric Rauchway tells the absorbing story of how FDR and his advisors pulled the levers of monetary policy to save the domestic economy and propel the United States to unprecedented prosperity and superpower status. Drawing on the ideas of the brilliant British economist John Maynard Keynes, among others, Roosevelt created the conditions for recovery from the Great Depression, deploying economic policy to fight the biggest threat then facing the nation: deflation.

Throughout the 1930s, he also had one eye on the increasingly dire situation in Europe. In order to defeat Hitler, Roosevelt turned again to monetary policy, sending dollars abroad to prop up the faltering economies of Britain and, beginning in 1941, the Soviet Union. FDR's fight against economic depression and his fight against fascism were indistinguishable. As Rauchway writes, "Roosevelt wanted to ensure more than business recovery; he wanted to restore American economic and moral strength so the US could defend civilization itself." The economic and military alliance he created proved unbeatable—and also provided the foundation for decades of postwar prosperity. Indeed, Rauchway argues that Roosevelt's greatest legacy was his monetary policy. Even today, the "Roosevelt dollar" remains both the symbol and the catalyst of America's vast economic power.

The Money Makers restores the Roosevelt dollar to its central place in our understanding of FDR, the New Deal, and the economic history of twentieth-century America. We forget this history at our own peril. In revealing the roots of our postwar prosperity, Rauchway shows how we can recapture the abundance of that period in our own.

Eric Rauchway is a historian at the University of California, Davis, and the author of numerous books on the Progressive and New Deal eras. He has written for the American Prospect, the Financial Times, and other publications, and lives in Davis, California.
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