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Publisher's Summary

For anyone struggling to understand how our current financial crisis came about, for anyone afraid to look at their 401k, for anyone concerned about the future of the global economy, Daniel Gross is the man to listen to. Known for his candid and informative columns in Newsweek and Slate, Gross has a sharp mind and a deep understanding of the ins and outs of the financial crisis. In this up-to-the-minute account, Gross goes step by step through the timeline leading up to the October 2008 bail-out and explains what exactly happened. Using information and statistics only weeks old, he offers a thorough and enlightening analysis of where we all go from here.
©2009 Daniel Gross (P)2009 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Chi-Hung on 02-28-09

A witty and fun analysis

I enjoyed this book because I found it exceptionally witty and funny, but to a laymen in financial sector, some of the concept such as hedge fund derrivitives and Credit Default Swaps can be confusing, but it's analysis is still wonderful and insightful, highly diggestible, entertaining and concise essay.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ellen on 04-08-09

Deliciously sarcastic and deadpan!!!!!

This book is hilarious. Delicious sarcasm at well-deserved targets oozes from every (I would say page but it's an audiobook.) I have listened to several books on "Why did the financial meltdown happen?" and this is hands down the most entertaining. The only drawback is the narrator was kind of monotone and in my opinion didn't use the proper inflection to emphasize the right words and underscore the snark. I have heard the author of this book on podcasts, and wish the author had narrated the book himself. He would have known where to pause for just the right effect and what words to emphasize.

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6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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