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And the Money Kept Rolling In (and Out) Wall Street, the IMF, and the Bankrupting of Argentina by Paul Blustein

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Prologue: Up, Up, and Away
THE CONCEPT of a “mission” to a foreign country may conjure up images of swashbuckling idealists—the sort who might be played in the movies by Jeremy Irons or Harrison Ford—tramping through tropical forests, accompanied by pan pipes, trying to convert the natives to the way of true salvation. In the case of the International Monetary Fund, however, missions typically involve teams of briefcase-toting civil servants with advanced degrees in economics, flying first class or business class to a national capital, shuttling between a deluxe hotel and the country’s economics ministries and agencies, scrutinizing budgetary and monetary data, and sending reports by e-mail back to IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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