The Man Who Knew

The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan is a biography of the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, written by Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Sebastian Mallaby.[1] It was published in October 2016 by Penguin Press.

In the book, Mallaby addresses questions about Greenspan that emerged in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. "Mr. Greenspan is a fascinating subject because for so long he was considered a genius, only to later be blamed for the financial crisis," wrote Andrew Ross Sorkin, reviewing the book in the New York Times. "Mr. Mallaby does an exquisite job going beyond these two versions of the Greenspan narrative and taking the reader inside the complicated mind of a man who may have had one of the largest ever influences over our economy."[2]

The Man Who Knew won the 2016 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award,[3] was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2016,[4] a Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2016,[5] and an Economist Book of the Year.[6]


  1. ^ "Sebastian Mallaby Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  2. ^ Sorkin, Andrew Ross. "A Reading List of Tell-Alls, Strategic Plans and Cautionary Tales in Finance". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "Sebastian Mallaby wins 2016 FT business book award". The Financial Times. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  4. ^ "100 Notable Books of 2016". The New York Times. 2016-11-23. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  5. ^ "The Best of Books 2016". Foreign Affairs. 2016-12-09. Retrieved 2017-04-15.
  6. ^ "Books of the Year 2016". The Economist. December 10, 2016. Retrieved April 15, 2017.