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

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


By (author) Andrew Ross Sorkin

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 618 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 213mm x 38mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 7 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143118242
  • ISBN 13: 9780143118244
  • Edition statement: Updated ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 18,459

Product description

A brilliantly reported true-life thriller that goes behind the scenes of the financial crisis on Wall Street and in Washington. 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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Author information

Andrew Ross Sorkin is the award-winning chief mergers and acquisitions reporter for "The New York Times," a columnist, and assistant editor of business and finance news. He is also the editor and founder of DealBook, an online daily financial report. He has won a Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism, and a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award. In 2007, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader.

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..".comprehensive and chilling..." -"TIME" ..".his action scenes are intimate and engaging..." -"The New Yorker" "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 book, brisk book...Sorkin skillfully captures the raucous enthusiasm and riotous greed that fueled this rational irrationality." -"The New York Times Book Review" ..".brings the drama alive with unusual inside access and compelling detail...A deeply researched account of the financial meltdown." -"BusinessWeek" ..".meticulously researched...told brilliantly. Other blow-by-blow accounts are in the works. It is hard to imagine them being this riveting." -"The Economist" "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 a dramatic close-up, his book is hard to beat." -"Financial Times" "Sorkin's book, like its author, is a absolute tour de force." -"The American Prospect" "Andrew Ross Sorkin pens what may be the definitive history of the banking crisis." -"The Atlantic Monthly" "Andrew Ross Sorkin has written a fascinating, scene-by-scene saga of the eyeless trying to march the clueless through Great Depression II." -Tom Wolfe ..".Sorkin has succeeded in writing "the" book of the crisis, with amazing levels of detail and access." -Reuters "Sorkin can write. His storytelling makes "Liar's Poker" look like a children's book." -SNL Financial