Alan Greenspan's book The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World reached no.1 on the New York Times best seller list in 2007. The book appears to be one part autobiography and economic theory. His philosophical and economic approaches are spelled out between the pages. Through the work a reader should understand the nature and life of an important intellectual theorist within American culture. The New York Times states, " For a memoir from such a high-profile figure, it is surprisingly frank. Large parts of the book are downright entertaining. Its biggest failing — the reason it isn’t a great memoir — is Mr. Greenspan’s reluctance to be as forthright and penetrating about himself as he is about others " (Leonhardt, 2007). The first part of the book outlines his life from high school clarinet player, professional service, philosophical discussions, and through various employment positions leading to the Federal Reserve Chairman. He provides some wisdom for
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