Paul Volcker: The Making of a Financial Legend
by Joseph B. Treaster
Paul Volcker is a great American public servant. This book is a very quick overview of his life. The book reads like a very quick Wikipedia entry — it talks a lot about dates and facts but goes into very few anecdotes or revealing history.
Summation: If you want to find out something quick about the life of Paul Volcker, you should read this book. But if you were like me and were looking for a more Kai Bird/Daniel Yergin/Walter Isaacson/Robert Caro approach to understand the Fed in the 1980s, you might want to wait until one of them write a book about Volcker in the future.