13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

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13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

Format:  Paperback,

316 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jan 2011

ISBN-13: 9780307476609

ISBN-10: 030747660X

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In spite of its key role in creating the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, the American banking industry has grown bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks whose assets amount to more than 60 percent of the country's gross domestic product, this oligarchy proved it could first hold the global economy hostage and then use its political muscle to fight off meaningful reform. "13 Bankers" brilliantly charts the rise to power of the financial sector and forcefully argues that we must break up the big banks if we want to avoid future financial catastrophes.
Updated, with new analysis of the government's recent attempt to reform the banking industry, this is a timely and expert account of our troubled political economy.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jan 2011
ISBN-13: 9780307476609
ISBN-10: 030747660X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 316
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 9780307476609

Chapter outline

Introduction: 13 Bankersp. 3
Thomas Jefferson and the Financial Aristocracyp. 14
Other People's Oligarchsp. 39
Wall Street Rising: 1980-p. 57
Greed Is Good": The Takeoverp. 88
The Best Deal Everp. 120
Too Big to Failp. 153
The American Oligarchy: Six Banksp. 189
Epiloguep. 223
Notesp. 233
Further Readingp. 287
Acknowledgmentsp. 291
Indexp. 293

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Review by Library Journal (2011-03-15)

Johnson (management, MIT) and Kwak (a former McKinsey consultant) offer their take on the financial crisis of 2007-08, exploring its historical background in the Founding Fathers' debate on banking and financial institutions. They also assert that the bailouts of America's largest banks have only made them bigger, more powerful, and more dangerous.

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In spite of its key role in creating the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, the American banking industry has grown bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks whose assets amount to more than 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, this oligarchy proved it could first hold the global economy hostage and then use its political muscle to fight off meaningful reform. 13 Bankers brilliantly charts the rise to power of the financial sector and forcefully argues that we must break up the big banks if we want to avoid future financial catastrophes.

Updated, with new analysis of the government’s recent attempt to reform the banking industry, this is a timely and expert account of our troubled political economy.

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