Barry Eichengreen – Author of “Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History”

Unveiling Economic Insights with Barry Eichengreen: A Dive into “Hall of Mirrors”

Mike interviews Barry Eichengreen.

We are super excited to share our electrifying conversation with Barry Eichengreen, the brilliant mind behind the illuminating book Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History. Strap in because this conversation is about to blow your entrepreneurial socks off!


If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably pondered the intricate dance between past economic crises and those we face today. Barry Eichengreen isn’t just a professor of economics at UC Berkeley; he’s a visionary who’s not afraid to dive deep into the complexities of our financial history.

In our conversation, we hit the ground running with a discussion on diversification and leverage. Barry explains how institutions and households can be hit hard when revenue streams are interrupted, sending shockwaves through the economy. But fear not, because Barry reminds us that our governments have a knack for stepping up to the plate during turbulent times, as we saw in 2020 and 2021. However, he cautions that there’s no guarantee they’ll do the same in the future, so taking control of our finances is crucial.

And what about crypto, you ask? Hold onto your hats because Barry’s insights on this topic are mind-blowing. As a student of the 19th and early 20th-century gold standard, he draws parallels between the gold standard and crypto, dissecting various digital currencies and predicting which ones have staying power. Spoiler alert: Central bank digital currencies are likely on the horizon, while plain vanilla crypto may not stand the test of time.

We delve into the potential implications of central bank digital currencies for society. While some fear a dystopian future akin to China’s social credit system, Barry offers a more nuanced perspective. He acknowledges the risks of digital systems being hacked but emphasizes the potential benefits of enhanced financial inclusion and efficiency.

Mike Fallat and Barry Eichengreen talk about the book Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses-and Misuses-of History.

Let me connect the dots for you if you’re wondering how this ties into entrepreneurship. As entrepreneurs, we thrive on innovation and adaptability. Barry’s insights remind us that staying ahead of the curve means embracing financial innovation while also mitigating risks. Whether it’s diversifying revenue streams or staying informed about emerging technologies like blockchain, we must remain agile in the face of uncertainty.

And let’s not forget Barry’s book recommendation, “Veck as in Rec.” While you might expect a financial guru like Barry to recommend a dense economic tome, he surprises us with a book about the legendary entrepreneur Bill Veeck. Through Veeck’s unconventional approach to owning baseball teams, we learn valuable lessons about creativity, risk-taking, and the power of good showmanship.

Our conversation with Barry Eichengreen was nothing short of enlightening. From dissecting economic crises to exploring the future of digital currencies, Barry’s insights offer a roadmap for navigating turbulent times with grace and resilience. So, I urge you to grab a copy of “Hall of Mirrors,” buckle up, and join me on this exhilarating journey through the corridors of economic history.

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