An evening with Ben Bernanke on a crisis and its aftermath

BY spectator events


October 27, 2015

6:45 pm

Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW


Andrew Neil, chairman, The Spectator Magazine Group

chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Open Market Committee


On 27 October, The Spectator and How to Academy hosted an evening with Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, in conversation with Andrew Neil on the 2008 crisis and its aftermath.

Ben Bernanke, in conversation with Andrew Neil, pulled back the curtain on the tireless and ultimately successful efforts to prevent a mass economic failure. Working with two U.S. presidents and two Treasury secretaries, Dr. Bernanke and his colleagues used every Fed capability, no matter how arcane, to help keep the U.S. economy afloat.

From his arrival in Washington in 2002 and his experiences before the crisis, to the intense days and weeks of the crisis itself, and through the Great Recession that followed, Dr. Bernanke gave an unequalled perspective on the American economy and revealed for the first time how the creativity and decisiveness of a few key leaders prevented an economic collapse of unimaginable scale.