An Evening with Professor Aliber

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of the United Kingdom

Chicago Booth Alumni Relations

October 24, 2011: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Please join us on October 24 at the Chicago Booth London Campus for an evening with Professor Emeritus Robert Z. Aliber. Professor Aliber will discuss his new book, updated sixth edition 'MANIAS, PANICS, and CRASHES - A History of Financial Crises'. 

Selected as one of the best investment books of all time by the Financial Times, Manias, Panics and Crashes puts the turbulence of the financial world in perspective. Here is a vivid and entertaining account of how reckless decisions and a poor handling of money have led to financial explosions over the centuries. Covering topics such as the history and anatomy of crises, speculative manias, and the lender of last resort, this book has been hailed as "a true classic, both timely and timeless."

In this new, updated sixth edition, Kindleberger and Aliber expand upon the ideas presented in the previous edition to bring the history of the financial crisis up-to-date. It now includes two new chapters that provide an in-depth analysis of the causes, consequences and policy responses to the first global crisis of the 21st century, the Financial Crisis of 2007-2008.

In addition, these new chapters also cover significant crises of the last fifteen years. The authors offer valuable lessons that will allow the reader to successfully navigate the financial crises of today and ones that lie ahead.


Chicago Booth Europe Campus
Woolgate Exchange
25 Basinghall Street
London EC2V 5HA, United Kingdom

Event Details


"Robert Aliber has produced superb update of the classic book by Charles Kindleberger which remains as relevant as ever." —Martin Wolf, Financial Times

"Underneath the hilarious anecdotes, the elegant epigrams, and the graceful turns of phrase, Kindleberger is deadly serious. The manner in which humans beings earn their livings is no laughing matter to him, especially when they attempt to do so at the expense of one another. 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." —Peter L. Bernstein

"Professor Kindleberger has the welcome gifts of carrying lightly an immense weight of learning and of always using his imagination in deciding how to deploy it. These gifts are as evident as ever in his latest book." —W. Ashworth, Economic History Review

"Manias, Panics and Crashes is a scholarly account for the way that mismanagement of money and credit has led to financial explosions over the centuries." —Richard Lambert, Financial Times

"Charles Kindleberger has written, with great polish and style, an analysis of the stages of financial crises over the last two and a half centuries." —Patrick Minford, Economic Journal

"Alas, both the need for a book such as Manias, Panics and Crises, and the scale and coverage of its material, keep on increasing, almost exponentially. So much has happened in the last few years that this is now Bob Aliber's book, as much as, perhaps more, than Charles Kindleberger's. Aliber has maintained, indeed, enhanced, the prior high standards that Kindleberger set. The analysis, (giving pride of place to Minsky and to the role of credit expansion in driving asset price bubbles), and the judgment (that allowing Lehman Bros to fail was a disaster and that harping on the cliché of 'too big to fail' obscures proper assessment) are both first class. This is an entertaining and easily accessible book, filled with fascinating historical vignettes, and one that everyone from the experts to newcomers to the field should read and would profit greatly by doing so." —Charles Goodhart, London School of Economics


Alumni Admission £10
Currently enrolled University of Chicago degree-seeking students free admission
General Admission £10


Register Online

Deadline: 10/24/2011


7:00 PM-7:30 PM: Registration

7:30 PM-8:30 PM: Presentation and Q&A

8:30 PM-9:30 PM: Networking reception

Speaker Profiles

Robert Z. Aliber (Speaker)
Professor Emeritus, Chicago Booth

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.


Miia Hallikainen 
Chicago Booth Alumni Office Europe
+44 (0)20 7070 2245

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