Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian

(W. W. Norton & Company, 2019)

Book Forum
September 18, 2019 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM EDT

Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute

Featuring the author James Grant, Founder and Editor, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer; moderated by George Selgin, Director, Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives, Cato Institute.

James Grant’s new book, Bagehot: The Life and Times of the Greatest Victorian, tells the story of Walter Bagehot — a 19th century banker, an essayist, and a former editor of The Economist. Born in a small town in late-Georgian England, Bagehot became one of the most influential figures in Victorian-era finance and politics. Indeed, thanks to his celebrated 1873 treatise, Lombard Street: A Description of the Money Market, Bagehot remains influential today, not just in England but in financial centers everywhere. Lombard Street is a work to which all modern central bankers pay homage, even if they often fail to heed its advice.

Please join us for an evening with the author of this delightful biography of one of financial history’s most brilliant and fascinating figures.

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