Paul Blustein has written about economic issues for more than 40 years, first as a reporter at leading news organizations and later as the author of several critically-acclaimed books. He continues to work on books as a think tank fellow, and is currently affiliated with the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).        

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, Paul spent most of his career reporting for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. His work has won several prizes, including business journalism’s most prestigious, the Gerald Loeb Award. Articles he has written in recent years have been published by Fortune, Slate, Politico, Foreign Policy, Bloomberg View, and other media outlets. His reporting and research have taken him to more than 50 countries on six continents.

Paul lives in Kamakura, Japan with his wife, Yoshie Sakai, and is a father and grandfather. A professional interest of Paul’s, following his experience of living through the March 2011 earthquake, is the Fukushima nuclear accident. But his main focus continues to be economics; his latest book, Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System, was published in September 2019, and his next book, to be published by Yale University Press in early 2025, is King Dollar: The Past and Future of the World's Dominant Currency.



The Past and Future Of the World's

Dominant Currency

Yale University Press


"Excellent...A fascinating, detailed account of the history of tensions in America's trade relationship with China."

--The Economist

"A wonderful journalistic job...a very important book on a very important subject."

--Martin Wolf's "economics reading list" in the Financial Times

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"Paul Blustein has achieved the improbable. He has written a riveting thriller about the International Monetary Fund. Even more improbable is that it is not a work of fiction."

--Financial Times

"Gripping, often frightening...should be read by anyone wanting to understand, from the inside, how the international financial system really works."

--The Economist

"An absorbing tale of hope, folly, and betrayal [and] an authoritative account of [Argentina's] unraveling."

--The Los Angeles Times

"A shimmering, essential read for those seeking a deeper and more nuanced perspective on the modern commerce of nations." --The Washington Post

“Using confidential documents, interviews and financial forensics, Mr. Blustein reveals — in often unflattering detail — the efforts of the world’s financial leaders as they scramble to repair the badly-broken global economy.” -- The Wall Street Journal

"Authoritative and detailed....Blustein marshals impressive research." --Foreign Affairs