Great storytelling about a key moment in our country's history
Never trust a silcon valley librarian:
Nothing scrupulous about Sorkin or his research!!!!!
[FYI to the compulsively clueless: If an author is either on the payroll of the CIA - - or Wall Street - - or both, then their writing can never be trusted!]
I found this book to be a long, gossipy narrative of the financial crisis. No wonder it was turned into an HBO movie/miniseries.
Simon Johnson's 13 Bankers has more detailed coverage of these events but is more technical.
This is one of the most complete accounts of the 2008 US economic crisis. Sorkin as a newspaper columnist was there for it all and I am floored by the amount of access he was given. There are less than flattering quotes which I was surprised to see in print. I have read many books on this particular subject and this book is by far the best at covering the interaction between the cast of players. It is so good that I almost question the authenticity of some of the dialogue. If you want to read books on the crisis I would have to say read this one first. I would then look for another book that gets deeper into the detailed workings behind the crash.
An interesting read about some of the inside characters during the collapse of Lehman. I was a bankruptcy attorney at the time, and some of the work I did involved some of the same people involved in the story Sorkin weaves together. A good read with some very good insights.
All I can say is wow, this is an eye-opener
Readable and interesting. Very thorough.
Yes, yet another one about the economic crisis on my list. I just love this stuff. But I think this one is too flowery. It’s trying too hard to be eloquent.
Film release: Fall 2011
"The Book: Andrew Ross Sorkin's nonfiction epic about the financial crash of 2008 is perhaps the best book yet to explain the mortgage crisis and where all of our money really went.
"The Film: A big HBO movie about our very own modern times? Yes, please. The cast is amazing: Cynthia Nixon, James Woods, Paul Giamatti, William Hurt, Matthew Modine, Tony Shalhoub and Billy Crudup (as Tim Geithner!). Plus, I think it is safe to say that some of us still don't completely understand the whole "stock market apocalypse" situation and could use a glossy Hollywood production to help clarify things.
"See It With: The biggest Paul Krugman groupie you know."
Rachel Syme, NPR Radio
A fascinating, detailed look at the events leading the US government into bailouts and the TARP program. Emphasizes the role of the individuals involved, through extensive access to interviews, phone & e-mail logs, and diaries/journals.
An easy read if you're into either finance or government.
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