9781586483814

And the Money Kept Rolling In (and Out) Wall Street, the IMF, and the Bankrupting of Argentina

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    9781586483814

  • ISBN10:

    1586483811

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-04-04
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs

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Summary

In the 1990s, few countries were more lionized than Argentina for its efforts to join the club of wealthy nations. Argentina's policies drew enthusiastic applause from the IMF, the World Bank and Wall Street. But the club has a disturbing propensity to turn its back on arrivistes and cast them out. That was what happened in 2001, when Argentina suffered one of the most spectacular crashes in modern history. With it came appalling social and political chaos, a collapse of the peso, and a wrenching downturn that threw millions into poverty and left nearly one-quarter of the workforce unemployed. Paul Blustein, whose book about the IMF,The Chastening, was called "gripping, often frightening" byThe Economistand lauded by theWall Street Journalas "a superbly reported and skillfully woven story," now gets right inside Argentina's rise and fall in a dramatic account based on hundreds of interviews with top policymakers and financial market players as well as reams of internal documents. He shows how the IMF turned a blind eye to the vulnerabilities of its star pupil, and exposes the conduct of global financial market players in Argentina as redolent of the scandals like those at Enron, WorldCom and Global Crossing that rocked Wall Street in recent years. By going behind the scenes of Argentina's debacle, Blustein shows with unmistakable clarity how sadly elusive the path of hope and progress remains to the great bulk of humanity still mired in poverty and underdevelopment.

Author Biography

Paul Blustein, a staff writer at the Washington Post, has covered business and economic issues for more than twenty-five years. He has also worked at Forbes Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. His work has won several prizes, including business journalism's most prestigious, the Gerald Loeb Award.

Table of Contents

Author's Note and Acknowledgments ix
Prologue: Up, Up, and Away xvii
Globalization's Big Bust
1(12)
``This May Not Be Paradise''
13(26)
Who's Afraid of the Molotov Cocktail?
39(22)
Enronization
61(26)
Show Me the Money
87(28)
Robbing Pedro to Pay Pablo
115(20)
Doubling a Losing Bet
135(24)
Regime Change, Ready or Not
159(30)
A Pit Too Deep
189(20)
Don't Cry for Them, Argentina
209(28)
Chronology: Road to Ruin 237(6)
Notes 243(26)
Index 269

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