Amity Shlaes is a syndicated columnist for Bloomberg and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of The Greedy Hand, a national bestseller on America’s experience with its tax code. She is also the author of Germany: The Empire Within, a book about German national identity. She is also a contributor to Marketplace, the public radio show. Miss Shlaes was formerly a columnist for the Financial Times and, before that a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, specializing in economics. In the early 1990s she served as the Journal‘s features editor and prior to that she followed the collapse of communism for the Wall Street Journal/Europe. Over the years she has published in the National Review, the New Republic, Foreign Affairs (on the German economy), the American Spectator, the Suddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit Miss Shlaes has twice been a finalist for the Loeb Prize in commentary, her field’s best known prize. In 2002 she was co-winner of the Frederic Bastiat Prize, an international prize for writing on political economy. In 2003, she spent several months at the American Academy in Berlin as the JP Morgan Fellow for finance and economy. In 2004, she gave the Bradley lecture at the American Enterprise Institute. Amity Shlaes is a trustee of the American Institute in Contemporary German Studies; she sits on the jury for the American Academy’s fellows as well as the jury for the Bastiat Prize.