Zombie Banks

  • by Yalman Onaran
  • Narrated by Pete Larkin
  • 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An in-depth look at the essential issues surrounding zombie institutions and their effect on the global economy. Zombie banking has become standard operating procedure for big debtor nations. They prop up failing institutions, print money, and avoid financial corrections. But in an attempt to prolong the inevitable, bigger problems are created. The approach used now has not, and will not, work. This timely book reveals why.
Zombie Banks tells the story of how debtor nations and failing institutions are damaging the long-term prospects of the global economy. Author Yalman Onaran, a veteran Bloomberg News reporter and financial banking-sector expert, examines exactly what a zombie bank is and why they are kept alive. He also discusses how they hurt economic recovery and what needs to be done in order to restore stability. Along the way, Onaran takes an honest look at how we arrived at this point and details the harsh realities that must be faced, and the serious steps that must be taken, in order to get things headed in the right direction.

Puts insolvent banks and debtor nations in the spotlight and examines how they are crippling the global economy
On the record sources include Paul Volcker, Joseph Stiglitz, Sheila Bair, and many more bank executives, regulators, politicians, and policymakers in the United States and abroad
Takes the complexity of the current situation and translates it in a way that makes it understandable
While the short-term measures taken to stave off depression and rejuvenate economic growth may offer hope, they are unsustainable over the long term. Get a better look at what really lies ahead, and what it will take to improve our economic situation, with this book.


What the Critics Say

"Read this book if you would like to understand why the road back to full employment will be so long and difficult. A brilliant and timely contribution; disturbing in every detail." (Simon Johnson, professor, MIT Sloan School of Management)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Boomerang covers this topic much better

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I would recommend Boomerang by Michael Lewis which was much more engaging.

Would you be willing to try another book from Yalman Onaran? Why or why not?

Sure, why not.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I have no strong feelings on the performance.

Was Zombie Banks worth the listening time?


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- KierONeil "Free thinker"

Must read

This book is a must read to put the dots together as to the coming correction
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- George Marr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-22-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios