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Inside the World of Ben Bernanke

A glimpse into the rarified rooms in Washington where the Fed Chairman oversees the U.S. financial system Photographs by Dan Winters for TIME

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Person of the Year 2009

The story of the year was a weak economy that could have been much, much weaker. How the mild-mannered man who runs the Federal Reserve prevented an economic...

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