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I really enjoyed starting to understand some of mechanics and causes of the financial crisis. I was a fan of the work at the FDIC during that time and still am.
The book did read as having an agenda. Perhaps the financial boys club is really what prevented Sheila Bair from saving us all from the financial fallout. Perhaps she really did have all the answers and was stymied at every turn.
More likely, this is one perspective on a complicated situation. It's a worthwhile read and a great education. Be prepared for quite a bit of editorial that may be factual but reads as if there's an agenda underneath it. The end of the book does drag a bit. It has a number of actionable thoughts for what we should be doing and I suspect it would read better than in audio format.
What did you like best about Bull by the Horns? What did you like least?
I suppose I like hearing another point of view about the crisis. Sheila Bair really turned this into a Geithner bashing book
What could Sheila Bair have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I think she could have been a little more realistic. The others that wrote about the subject admit they made mistakes and tried to describe situations, Mrs. Bair treats her opinions as the perfect and correct choices every time. She basically makes herself a hero that is the victim of a huge conspiracy.
What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Mrs. Bean reads it in a tone that I could really imagine Mrs. Bair using. She just sounds grouchy, but that could be the material.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I probably would just because of the subject, and then leave the theater mad at myself.
Any additional comments?
The first half seemed ok, but after about the 5th hour it turns into a Tim Geithner bash. I think she mentions him more than anyone else. If what she says is true then Geithner is a mastermind and one of the most powerful men in America, because he runs a huge conspiracy that controlled everyone and may have actually caused the Recession to benefit Citi.