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Rebuilding the American dream: An interview with Pete Peterson

The quintessential business statesman reflects on a long career and the work needed to rebuild America’s economic future.

December 2009

Pete Peterson—businessman, statesman, philanthropist—has developed an economic perspective informed by three distinct and first-hand relationships with American policy. In this video interview, the cofounder of Blackstone and former secretary of commerce reflects on his storied career and his recent memoir, The Education of an American Dreamer. He also looks forward—sharing his ideas on deficit reduction, changes in private equity, the fate of the dollar, and how to rebuild the US economy for future generations. Rik Kirkland, McKinsey’s director of publishing, spoke with Mr. Peterson in New York in November 2009.

Watch the video, or download a PDF of the transcript.

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Rebuilding the American dream: An interview with Pete Peterson

The quintessential business statesman reflects on his career and America’s economic future.

Featured book

The Education of an American Dreamer

by Peter G. Peterson; Grand Central Publishing, June 2009