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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Henry Merritt Paulson Jr  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1946 in Palm Beach, Florida

-- Henry Merritt Paulson Jr on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Paulson was raised in Barrington Hills, Illinois and graduated in 1964 from Barrington High School.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paulson was a star athlete at Barrington High School, a champion wrestler and stand-out football player. He attended Darmouth and received his MBA from Harvard Business School. Paulson was Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense at The Pentagon from 1970 to 1972. He then worked for the administration of U.S. President Richard Nixon, serving as assistant to John Ehrlichman from 1972 to 1973. Paulson was nominated on May 30, 2006, by U.S. President George W. Bush to succeed John Snow as the Treasury Secretary. On June 28, 2006, he was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve in the position, which he did until 2009.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

You, Me & The U.S. Economy: A Plainspoken Story of Financial Crisis
ISBN: 0795310889

RosettaBooks. 2010

An insider's account of the financial crisis written specifically for Main Street, with a foreword by former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. Stacy Carlson, former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson's speechwriter, takes you inside the Treasury Department and explains the events and issues in a wry, personal narrative. You want to understand what brought us to the brink of collapse. After reading You, Me & the U.S. Economy, you will. With clarity and humor Stacy explains the multiple causes of our financial, housing and economic troubles and the multiple attempts to solve them. She isn't a financial wizard, and writes so other non-wizards can understand, too. Wrapped within is her story of faith and persistence in a new, mid-life career and as a silent witness to tremendous turmoil. You, Me & the U.S. Economy tells Main Street what really happened and why. Finally.

On the Brink: Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System
ISBN: 0446561940

Business Plus. 2011

From the Foreword, by Rep. Barney Frank, especially written for the trade paper edition:

"For many people, what will be most striking about this foreword is the fact that I wrote it. It's not every day a partisan, liberal Democrat gets a call from a conservative, high-ranking member of the George W. Bush administration asking for a favorable introduction to anything. But when former secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson, Jr., called, I was quick to agree to express in print my enthusiasm for his excellent recounting of some of the most important and controversial events in our recent national history."


ON THE BRINK is Hank Paulson's first-person account of the catastrophic economic events of 2008. From the man who was in the very middle of this perfect economic storm, Paulson puts the reader in the room for all the intense moments as he addressed urgent market conditions, weighed critical decisions, and debated policy and economic considerations with of all the notable players-including the CEOs of top Wall Street firms as well as Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner, Sheila Bair, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, and then-President George W. Bush.

More than an account about numbers and credit risks gone bad, ON THE BRINK is an extraordinary story about people and politics-all brought together during the world's impending financial Armageddon.

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