Mr. Hennessey replied, jokingly: “Thank you. Could you provide us Chairman Bernanke’s fall reading list?”
Mr. Bernanke, without missing a beat, responded: “Only if you take a test on it.”.
Moments later, Mr. Bernanke did add a book to the assignment: Liaquat Ahamed’s “Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World,” published last year by The Penguin Press. Upon reading the Pulitzer-winning book about the Great Depression, Mr. Bernanke told the commission, one can’t help but ask: “Doesn’t this seem awfully familiar?”