John R. Talbott is a former investment banker for Goldman Sachs in New York and Visiting Scholar at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. He now writes full time about economics and politics and has published important academic research concerning the role of democratic institutions and a free press in creating and maintaining an environment conducive to economic growth and prosperity in both the advanced and developing world. Talbott has advised a number of developing countries on how they might improve their democratic institutions to garner greater economic growth and defeat poverty.
Talbott’s first book, The Coming Crash of the Housing Market (McGraw-Hill, 2003), is an Amazon.com and BusinessWeek bestseller and accurately predicted the current government supervision problems at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, America’s largest mortgage institutions. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, CNNfn, CNBC, CBS Marketwatch, and in print in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times, and live on numerous nationally syndicated radio programs.