Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System--And Themselves

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Winner of the 2010 Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book - One of The Economist's Best Books of 2010 - One of the Financial Times' Best Books of 2010 - One of Business Week's Best Books of 2010 - CEO Read's Best Book of 2010
"Too Big To Fail is too good to put down. . . . It is the story of the actors in the most extraordinary financial spectacle in 80 years, and it is told brilliantly." --The Economist
"Vigorously reported, superbly organized . . . For those of us who didn't pursue MBAs--and have the penny-ante salaries to prove it--Sorkin's book offers a clear, cogent explanation of what happened and why it matters." --Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune
"Sorkin's prodigious reporting and lively writing put the reader in the room for some of the biggest-dollar conference calls in history. It's an entertaining, brisk book." --Paul M. Barrett, The New York Times Book Review

"Sorkin's densely detailed and astonishing narrative of the epic financial crisis of 2008 is an extraordinary achievement that will be hard to surpass as the definitive account." --John Gapper, Financial Times

A brilliantly reported true-life thriller that goes behind the scenes of the financial crisis on Wall Street and in Washington, the basis for the HBO film
In one of the most gripping financial narratives in decades, Andrew Ross Sorkin-a New York Times columnist and one of the country's most respected financial reporters-delivers the first definitive blow- by-blow account of the epochal economic crisis that brought the world to the brink. Through unprecedented access to the players involved, he re-creates all the drama and turmoil of these turbulent days, revealing never-before-disclosed details and recounting how, motivated as often by ego and greed as by fear and self-preservation, the most powerful men and women in finance and politics decided the fate of the world's economy.

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A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America’s financial history by an acclaimed New York Times Reporter

Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami. From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea, and the corridors of Washington, Too Big to Fail is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed, and, ultimately, the fate of the world’s economy.

“We’ve got to get some foam down on the runway!” a sleepless Timothy Geithner, the then-president of the Federal Reserve of New York, would tell Henry M. Paulson, the Treasury secretary, about the catastrophic crash the world’s financial system would experience.

Through unprecedented access to the players involved, Too Big to Fail re-creates all the drama and turmoil, revealing never disclosed details and elucidating how decisions made on Wall Street over the past decade sowed the seeds of the debacle. This true story is not just a look at banks that were “too big to fail,” it is a real-life thriller with a cast of bold-faced names who themselves thought they were too big to fail.

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They were masters of the financial universe, flying in private jets and raking in billions. They thought they were too big to fail. This book gives an account of the most powerful men and women at the eye of the financial storm - from Lehman Brothers CEO Dick the gorilla Fuld, to AIG's Joseph Cassano, dubbed 'The Man Who Crashed the World'.

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