Marc Levinson is an independent historian, economist, and journalist. He was formerly finance and economics editor of The Economist in London and spent a decade working with institutional investors as an economist for J.P. Morgan Chase in New York. His book The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger has become a classic, and his book An Extraordinary Time: The End of the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy has been controversial for suggesting that government has only a limited ability to bring about faster economic growth. The Economist Guide to Financial Markets, which has just been issued in its seventh edition, has become a basic resource for individual investors around the world. His website is

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