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Plenty of other authors have dished up roughly this viewpoint (or at least parts of it) of the corrupt banksters, and the tradition goes way back. But here, as it focuses into the 2008 crash and beyond, it is neat, concise, and cutting sharp as ice. I was rolling my eyes with the author's choosing to open with disgust at the strippers on the trading floor (thinking oh no, how trivial as an opener to such a book as this, even if I share the disgust), but I do share with the author the (at least perceived) suggestion that a generation of traders and their brethren have shallow, cheesy cheapened values (for all the mind-boggling price tags on their cheap toys and trinkets, human ones included) that permeate more than their sexually harassing and idiotic bachelor parties during business hours. We are better than that, and we deserve better than that, as the folks pulling levers in the corridors of power that in turn impose multi-decade financial burdens on we, the peasants. Now, as to Tim Geithner and John Paulson, I am grateful for the author's trail of bread crumbs suggesting all is not kosher at those lofty heights. I'm not quite so adversarial toward those fellows, inasmuch as I seem to have survived these strained years in one piece, some of which I see as linked to their decisions. They could REALLY have fumbled the ball, and they didn't, but that doesn't excuse everything laid out here. Bravo to the author whose work I have enjoyed a lot. And we DO need to scrutinize the little cabals that keep feeding into, particularly, the Treasury Secretary's perch. Keep it up!
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