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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9780241956021
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

Too Big to Fail

Inside the Battle to Save Wall Street




'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' Economist

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BBC SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2010


They were masters of the financial universe, flying in private jets and raking in billions. They thought they were too big to fail. Yet they would bring the world to its knees.

Andrew Ross Sorkin, the news-breaking New York Times journalist, delivers the first true in-the-room account of the most powerful men and women at the eye of the financial storm - from reviled Lehman Brothers CEO Dick 'the gorilla' Fuld, to banking whiz Jamie Dimon, from bullish Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson to AIG's Joseph Cassano, dubbed 'The Man Who Crashed the World'.

Through unprecedented access to the key players, Sorkin meticulously re-creates frantic phone calls, foul-mouthed rows and white-knuckle panic, as Wall Street fought to save itself.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9780241956021
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

About the author

Andrew Ross Sorkin

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.

Praise for Too Big to Fail

He has done a remarkable job in producing a lively account that will be hard for subsequent authors to beat

Gillian Tett, FT

As close to a definitive account as we are likely to get

Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times

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

Andrew Ross Sorkin pens what may be the definitive history of the banking crisis

The Atlantic Monthly

Sorkin has succeeded in writing the book of the crisis, with amazing levels of detail and access

Reuters

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 . . . It is hard to imagine them being this riveting

Economist

Sorkin can write. His storytelling makes Liar's Poker look like a children's book

SNL Financial

The most readable and exciting report of the events surrounding the Lehman collapse that we have seen . . . impeccably sourced

Edmund Conway, Daily Telegraph

The sense of being in the meeting rooms as hitherto all-conquering alpha male egos fight for their reputations, as their and our world judders, is palpable

Chris Blackhurst, Evening Standard

Surpassed its rivals with its depth, range of reporting and high quality analysis

Stefan Stern, FT

A superbly researched and sobering take on the events surrounding the meltdown on Wall Street

Sam Mendes

With Too Big to Fail , Andrew Ross Sorkin has broken the Barbarians [At The Gate] curse ... Ross Sorkin's ... 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, FT

The heir to Barbarians at the Gate

FT

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