Paul Tucker is the author of Unelected Power, a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a former central banker.

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Till Time’s Last Stand or How Standing Still is Valuable but Uncomfortable

Kynaston Book Review, Central Banking Magazine

There are lots of histories of the Bank of England, but few that are likely to hold a general reader’s interest. More accurately, few bring out the passions, intelligence, public spiritedness, self-interestedness and foolhardiness with which real-life central bankers conduct struggles for and against ideas, each other, government ministers and mandarins, banks and other private actors, public soothsayers, let alone the vicissitudes of the economy and finance. And perhaps even fewer histories bring out what those struggles are often really about: central banking’s purpose and place in government.

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