Few people know as much about mutual funds as Matthew P. Fink. For more than 40 years, Fink dedicated his career to serving the industry and its 88 million shareholders through his work for the Investment Company Institute, serving as its president from 1991 to 2004.

Now in retirement, Fink has written "The Rise of Mutual Funds: An Insider's View" (Oxford University Press, October 2008), the first comprehensive, historical look at this $11 trillion industry, starting with its inception in 1924 and chronicling its rise and evolution through decades of changing regulations and public interest.

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