Skip to main content

Paul Volcker: The Making of a Financial Legend



Paul Volcker: The Making of a Financial Legend

Joseph B. Treaster

ISBN: 978-0-471-73586-1 September 2005 244 Pages


As the Chairman of the Federal Reserve from 1979 to 1982, Paul Volcker established himself as one of the most influential economic thinkers. Currently a major advocate for corporate governance and accounting reforms, Volcker’s reputation as a great business leader with uncompromising ethics continues to this day. Written by award-winning New York Times journalist Joseph Treaster, Paul Volcker: The Making of a Financial Legend takes readers through the most compelling moments of this legend’s life in private and public service. From his early days as a young Treasury Department official through his appointments to the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the Federal Reserve, and James D. Wolfensohn, Inc., this inspiring book captures the significant moments in Volcker life and explores the ethical, economic, and moral dilemmas he faced at every turn.

Chapter 1. A Finance Legend.

Chapter 2. Seventy-Six.

Chapter 3. The Power of the Fed.

Chapter 4. Chairman.

Chapter 5. Youth.

Chapter 6. School Days.

Chapter 7. Hardship.

Chapter 8. Difficult Choices.

Chapter 9. The Fallout.

Chapter 10. Fly-Fishing.






  • THE SUBJECT: Paul Volcker remains one of the most powerful men in politics and economics today. Credited with bringing about the longest economic boom in American history, Volcker is at once a tower of integrity and conservatism.
  • THE AUTHOR: Joe Treaster is an award-winning journalist for The New York Times with deep contacts in the worlds of business, finance and economics.
  • DIRECT ACCESS: The author has had direct access to and cooperation of Mr.Volcker and his family during the writing of this book.