"Manias, Panics, and Crashes" with Professor Emeritus Robert Z. Aliber

Business Book Roundtable

September 26, 2011: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Please join us for a reception with and presentation by professor emeritus Robert Z. Aliber. He will discuss his latest book, "Manias, Panics and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises, sixth edition" written by Charles P. Kindleberger & Robert Z. Aliber.


Gleacher Center
Room 600
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:

Parking: Chicago Booth has arranged with AMC Theater-River East Self-parking garage to provide discounted parking:

300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self-park garage)

$6 after 3 pm

Garage: Self-park facility

Payment: Automated; at pay stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.

To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. The new system for the AMC Theater-River East Self-Park Garage is automated. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. You can validate your parking ticket at any time between your arrival at and departure from the Gleacher Center. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $6 fee.

Detailed Directions: Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater. When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street. If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage 1/2 block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Event Details

Aliber has succeeded again, producing the eagerly anticipated next edition of this definitive guide to the financial crisis; highly respected by economists and academics across the globe.

The sixth edition of this bestselling classic on the history of financial crises over the last two centuries, explores the most recent events leading up to the financial crisis including the four waves of credit bubbles over the last thirty years. With polish and style, it analyzes the reasons behind each of these credit bubbles and why ultimately all of them have led to economic disaster. Updates include a chapter on Lehman Brothers.

'Underneath the hilarious anecdotes, the elegant epigrams, and the graceful turns of phrase, Kindleberger is deadly serious. As he so effectively demonstrates, manias, panics, and crashes are the consequence of an economic environment that cultivates cupidity, chicanery, and rapaciousness rather than a devout belief in the Golden Rule.' - From the Foreword to the Fourth Edition by Peter L. Bernstein, author of The Power of Gold

'An easily accessible book, filled with fascinating historical vignettes.' - Charles Goodhart, London School of Economics

'Every so often financial markets fly off the rails of rationality. Manias, Panics and Crashes brilliantly explains these crises and warns us that as each one fades into the past, the lessons are eventually lost, and investors again come to believe that trees grow to the sky.' - David Laibson, Harvard University


Alumni and Students: $15 per person
Guests: $20 per person

Book is not included, but will be available for sale at the event.




6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Reception and Networking (Appetizers and Cash Bar)


6:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Presentation by Professor Emeritus Robert Z. Aliber, followed by Q&A and Discussion


7:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Question & Answer


Register Online

Book is not included, but will be available for sale at the event.

Deadline: 9/26/2011

Speaker Profiles

Robert Z. Aliber (Speaker)
Professor Emeritus of International Economics and Finance

Robert Z. Aliber has written extensively about exchange rates, and international financial and banking relationships and policy problems. Publications include The Reconstruction of International Monetary Arrangements (ed., Macmillan, 1986), The Handbook of International Financial Management (ed. Dow Jones Irwin, 1989),. and Global Portfolios (co-editor, Business One Irwin, 1991). He is a co-author of Money, Banking, and the Economy (Norton, First Edition, 1981, Fourth Edition 1990), Manias, Panics, and Crashes: A History of Financial Crises (Palgrave MacMillan, 2005), and author of The International Money Game (Palgrave MacMillan, 2001).

While at Chicago, he developed the Program of International Studies in Business and the Center for Studies in International Finance. He has consulted to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and to other U.S. government agencies, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, and to the research institutes and private firms, testified before committees of the Congress, and lectured extensively in the United States and abroad.


Mary Kupjack, '79