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  • Published: 2 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760145477
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496
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A Banquet of Consequences RELOADED

How we got into the mess we’re in, and why we need to act now




'A powerful book . . . highly readable and informative . . . Demands to be read.' - Lindsay Tanner, The Monthly

Informed, impassioned, insightful and witty, Satyajit Das returns with a substantially updated edition of his 2015 classic. A Banquet of Consequences: RELOADED is the only book you need to understand how we got into our current economic, environmental and social mess – and how we might find our way out.

For ordinary individuals, the goal of a steady job, a home of one's own, a comfortable retirement and better opportunities for their children is receding. In this brilliant, clear-eyed account, updated to include over 150 pages of new insights and analysis, Satyajit Das links past, present and future to show that it's not just our unrealistic expectations but poor choices that are to blame.

The strategies after the Great Recession have failed, not least because such growth cannot continue indefinitely. The COVID-19 pandemic was merely the pin that pricked an ever-expanding bubble of fake prosperity and false hopes. It is the first trial of many to come. The solution – fundamental change – involves cost and is therefore ignored. Das explains why the ultimate adjustment, whether stretched out over time or in the form of another sudden collapse, will be life-changing.

Essential reading for anyone concerned about the dire fate of the global economy, the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the deepening environmental crisis and the alarming deterioration of our social fabric, A Banquet of Consequences: RELOADED is a ground-breaking book of our times, and a cautionary window into our future.

An internationally respected commentator on financial markets, credited with predicting the Global Financial Crisis and featured in the 2010 Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, Satyajit Das is our finest writer about the forces underlying society and the global economy.

  • Published: 2 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760145477
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496
Categories:

About the author

Satyajit Das

Satyajit Das is a globally respected former banker and consultant with over forty years’ experience in financial markets. In 2014, Bloomberg nominated him as one of the fifty most influential financial thinkers in the world.


Das presciently anticipated, as early as 2006, the Global Financial Crisis. Subsequently, he accurately described the evolution of the post-crisis world – sluggish growth, disinflation, the increasing ineffectiveness of policy measures and retrenchment from globalisation. He identified the increasing political and social dimensions of the crisis, especially the growing democracy deficit and the end of trust. In 2016, in the context of the SARS and Ebola epidemics, he drew attention to the risk of disease and the lack of preparedness to deal with a global health crisis.


In his writings and public talks, he highlighted the linkages between the economic challenges and environmental, resource, and socio-political constraints, such as inequality and inter-generational tensions. The extend-and-pretend model, he argued, had reached the end of its utility, and rising complacency combined with the reluctance to make difficult choices made a serious future crisis inevitable.


Das is the author of two international bestsellers, Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives (2006) and Extreme Money: The Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk (2011). He was featured in Charles Ferguson’s 2010 Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, the 2012 PBS Frontline series Money, Power & Wall Street, the 2009 BBC TV documentary Tricks with Risk, and the 2015 German film Who’s Saving Whom?

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Praise for A Banquet of Consequences RELOADED

A powerful book . . . highly readable and informative . . . Demands to be read.

Lindsay Tanner, The Monthly

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