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Crowded Hours
Crowded Hours
By Eric Roll
Faber and Faber, 1985, 254 pp

Twelve years in academic life, 25 in government and 17 in banking have given Lord Roll much to talk about. The traditions of discretion in the last two fields have carried over, and one will find no sensations and only the gentlest gossip in this book. It provides, however, an interesting and sometimes revealing guide through the principal issues of a large number of major international episodes in which the author was often a key actor. There are also reflections on subjects such as negotiation, the changes in the financial world, the way the British and American governments operate, outside directors of The Times of London and the Bank of England, and the economic contributions of Keynes.