The Trillion Dollar Meltdown

The Trillion Dollar Meltdown : Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash

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With the housing markets unravelling daily and distress signals flying throughout the rest of the economy, there is little doubt that we are facing a fierce recession. In crisp, gripping prose, Charles R. Morris shows how get got into this mess. He explains the arcane financial instruments, the chicanery, the policy mis-judgments, the dogmas, and the delusions that created the greatest credit bubble in world history. Paul Volcker slew the inflation dragon in the early 1980s, and set the stage for the high performance economy of the 1980s and 1990s. But Wall Street's prosperity soon tilted into gross excess. The astronomical leverage at major banks and their hedge fund and private equity clients led to massive disruption in global markets.A quarter century of free-market zealotry that extolled asset stripping, abusive lending, and hedge fund secrecy will go down in flames with it. Continued denial and concealment could cause the crisis to stretch out for years, but financial and government leaders are still downplaying the problem. The required restructuring will be at least as painful as the very difficult period of 1979-1983. "The Two Trillion-Dollar Meltdown", updated to include the latest financial developments, is indispensable to understanding how the world economy has been put on the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 20mm | 272.16g
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1586487507
  • 9781586487508
  • 1,904,869

About Charles R. Morris

Charles R Morris is a lawyer and former banker. The author of several books, including 'The Cost of Good Intentions', one of the New York Times' Best Books of 1980, 'The Coming Global Boom, a New York Times Notable Book of 1990. He has also published articles in publications including the New York Times and Wall Street more

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A"The first big book on the credit crunch saw the crisis coming three years ago (The Trillion Dollar Meltdown) is - a well-aimed opening shot in a debate that will only grow louder in coming months.A"The EconomistA"(t)his is a scary book for scary times - Morris provides a fascinating and clear chronicle of how a good idea turned into so many bad loans.A"Spectator BusinessA"Charles Morris's The Trillion Dollar Meltdown has many excellent qualities besides brevity. In fewer than 200 pages, Morris provides a comprehensive and jargon-free description of the hideously complex financial securities that have brought the credit system to collapse.A"Sunday Times "How We got into the mess we're in, explained briefly and brilliantly" New York Times Book Review"Both thought-provoking for experts, and a readable primer on events for the layperson" Gillian Tett, The Financial Timesshow more

Table of contents

Chapter One - The Death of LiberalismChapter Two - Wall Street Finds ReligionChapter Three - Bubble Land: Practice RunsChapter four - A Wall of MoneyChapter Five - A Tsunami of DollarsChapter Six - The Great UnwindingChapter Seven - Winners and LosersChapter Eight - Recovering Balanceshow more

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