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Alan Greenspan has just turned 83 years old.  He was Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank for over 19 years before he stepped down in January 2006, just before the great boom turned into the awful credit crunch and brought global capitalism to its knees. Greenspan presided over the biggest credit boom in capitalist history and the largest rise in property prices that the US had ever seen.  He was praised to the heights during those years and as the helmsman of capitalist success globally and in America.  Bob Woodward, one of the journalists who exposed the Nixon Watergate scandal back in the 1970s, wrote a book about Greenspan in the year 2000, in which he described him as ‘the maestro’.