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    DescriptionWhen RBS collapsed and had to be bailed out by the taxpayer in the financial crisis of October 2008 it played a leading role in tipping Britain into its deepest economic downturn in seven decades. The economy shrank, bank lending froze, hundreds of thousands lost their jobs, living standards are still falling and Britons will be paying higher taxes for decades to pay the clean-up bill. How on earth had a small Scottish bank grown so quickly to become a global financial giant that could do such immense damage when it collapsed? At the centre of the story was Fred Goodwin, the former chief executive known as "Fred the Shred" who terrorised some of his staff and beguiled others. Not a banker by training, he nonetheless was given control of RBS and set about trying to make it one of the biggest brands in the world. It was said confidently that computerisation and new banking products had made the world safer. Only they hadn't...Based on more than 80 interviews and with access to diaries and papers kept by those at the heart of the meltdown, this is the definitive account of the RBS disaster, a disaster which still casts such a shadow over our economy. In Making It Happen, senior executives, board members, Treasury insiders and regulators reveal how the bank's mania for expansion led it to take enormous risks its leaders didn't understand. From the birth of the Royal Bank in 18th century Scotland, to the manic expansion under Fred Goodwin in the middle of a mad boom and culminating in the epoch-defining collapse, Making It Happen is the full, extraordinary story.


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    Title
    Making it Happen
    Subtitle
    Fred Goodwin, RBS and the Men Who Blew Up the British Economy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Iain Martin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 460 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781471113543
    ISBN 10: 147111354X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17820
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ECO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S4.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: KFFK
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 180
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JMC
    LC classification: HG
    BIC subject category V2: KCX
    BISAC V2.8: BUS004000
    Abridged Dewey: 332
    BISAC V2.8: BUS023000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBK, 3JMC
    BISAC region code: 1.1.2.0.0.0.0
    DC23: 332.10941090511
    Illustrations note
    illustrations (black and white, and colour)
    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Publication date
    14 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Iain Martin is a journalist and broadcaster. He comes from Paisley (as does Fred Goodwin). Iain was editor of The Scotsman newspaper from 2001-2004, and then its sister paper Scotland on Sunday from 2004-2006. In 2006 he moved to The Sunday Telegraph, where he was deputy editor. He has since been a columnist on politics for various newspapers: The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph, the Wall Street Journal and the Daily Mail. He contributes to Financial News and Standpoint magazine. He has presented editions of Beyond Westminster, Week in Westminster and What the Papers Say for BBC Radio 4. He lives in London.