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Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses—and Misuses—of History

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Barry Eichengreen's new book Hall of Mirrors is a detailed, excellent, and somewhat pessimistic comparison of the two most serious financial crises ever—their causes, development, and consequences. Readers well versed in the comprehensive literature on the Great Depression and the Great Recession in the United States and Europe will not find much information in Hall of Mirrors that is completely new, but most others will. What is new is the comparative approach: the detailed and analytically successful search for similarities and differences between the Great Depression and the Great Recession.

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Business History Review
  • ISSN: 0007-6805
  • EISSN: 2044-768X
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