THIS BOOK BUILDS ON THE WORK OF SOME OF THE WORLD’S finest scholars and draws on countless discussions with policy makers, bankers, and analysts in the course of the past two years. Too numerous to thank in person, these individuals have shaped the thrust and recommendations of this volume more than they will ever be able to appreciate.
I am particularly grateful to the two dozen senior US, European, and Asian government officials who so readily agreed to candid off-the-record conversations amid their crisis-driven agendas. Their diligence and dedication give confidence that a thriving world economy is within reach.
A number of individuals have enriched this volume with insights and comments at various stages. My very special thanks to J. Lawrence Broz, Mark E. Buchman, Douglas Elliott, Todd Fox, Gary Hufbauer, Steffen Kern, Phil Levy, Ted Moran, Sean Mulvaney, Joseph Nye, Alex Pollock, Joseph Quinlan, Andrew Small, and Bruce Stokes. I am also grateful to the anonymous referees; it was their comments that led me to discover my argument and rediscover my voice. All errors remain mine alone.
I am indebted to the superb team at the Economics Program of the German Marshall Fund for their steadfast support of my work and their perennially great spirits that give it perspective.
Often one needs only one other person to believe in an aspiration in order to realize it. My agent, Don Fehr, is that person for this book. He took a leap of faith with me, believed in the project, and was tireless in seeing it through. My very special thanks.