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The Yellow Pad

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The Yellow Pad by Robert E. Rubin
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May 16, 2023 | ISBN 9780593671122 | 552 Minutes

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“As Secretary of the Treasury in the last decade of the 20th century, Robert Rubin presided over what we can now see as an unusually prosperous and stable era in American life. Now, drawing on his years in government and in the private sector, Rubin offers us an astute, valuable, and illuminating guide to decision-making and, in a sense, to life itself in an uncertain world.” —Jon Meacham, author of And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle
“Robert Rubin’s exuberant praise for a classics professor who taught him how to think about thinking in a world of uncertainty is a powerful reminder of the importance of studying humanities. This engaging, eloquent, and accessible work provides an invaluable guide not only for decision makers in government and business but for all of us in our daily lives.” —Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times
“In The Yellow Pad, Bob Rubin makes the compelling case for pragmatism over emotion and ideology, and offers practical advice for everyone who has to make difficult decisions in a complicated world.” —Anne Applebaum, author of Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

“Nobody has been in the middle of more economic policy decision-making for longer than Bob Rubin. Readers are lucky to get his great perspectives and principles in his new book “The Yellow Pad” and are sure to find them useful as they face their own tough choices.” —Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates, author of Principles
“From the wisdom he learned in a college course in philosophy to the lessons he picked up during a lifetime in government and banking, Robert Rubin has crafted a powerful tool for dealing in a world of uncertainty. This book explains how to use ‘probabilistic thinking.’  It’s a very interesting idea, and also one that’s useful for business and for life. I wish I’d known this years ago!” —Walter Isaacson, Professor of History at Tulane University, author of The Code Breaker

The Yellow Pad offers an outstanding collection of lessons learned during a lifetime of leadership on Wall Street and in Washington. It is indispensable for navigating challenges and making decisions in difficult times.” —Ken Chenault, Chairman and Managing Director of General Catalyst, former Chairman and CEO of American Express

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