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Too Big to Fail Audiobook

Too Big to Fail

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Publisher's Summary

The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System - and Themselves

A real-life thriller about the most tumultuous period in America's financial history by an acclaimed New York Times reporter. Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true, behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami.

From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea and the corridors of Washington, Too Big to Fail is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed, and, ultimately, the fate of the world's economy.

"We've got to get some foam down on the runway!" a sleepless Timothy Geithner, the then-president of the Federal Reserve of New York, would tell Henry M. Paulson, the Treasury secretary, about the catastrophic crash the world's financial system would experience. Through unprecedented access to the players involved, Too Big to Fail re-creates all the drama and turmoil, revealing neverdisclosed details and elucidating how decisions made on Wall Street over the past decade sowed the seeds of the debacle.

This true story is not just a look at banks that were "too big to fail"; it is a real-life thriller with a cast of bold-faced names who themselves thought they were too big to fail.

©2009 Andrew Ross Sorkin; (P)2009 Penguin Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Andrew Ross Sorkin pens what may be the definitive history of the banking crisis." (The Atlantic Monthly)
"Andrew Ross Sorkin has written a fascinating, scene-by-scene saga of the eyeless trying to march the clueless through Great Depression II." (Tom Wolfe)

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    Don Fresno, CA, United States 10-14-11
    Don Fresno, CA, United States 10-14-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Not what I was expecting...but.."

    I felt sick when I listened to this book.
    The cast of characters were despicable.
    If anything was too big to fail it was their individual ego's.

    I am glad I purchased this book for the perspective it provides. It provided me with a better understanding of the markets and the people behind them.

    The book does not spend a lot of time going into causes or ways to avoid this problem in the future. It is more like a series of snap shots over time that show events unfold over time. The perspective is rather clinical in nature.

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    Kristen Acton, MA, United States 10-13-11
    Kristen Acton, MA, United States 10-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Compelling story and excellent narration"

    I highly recommend this book. The detail is excellent and well researched. The complexities of the financial crisis is broken down so that even non-financially minded folks can understand the months leading up to the market meltdown of 2008. The narration is a huge plus as well.

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    Andrew Long Beach, New York, United States 08-16-11
    Andrew Long Beach, New York, United States 08-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    Wonderful book that was well written and really gave you insight into thought process of the players involved in the malaise

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    CB 08-15-11
    CB 08-15-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent read"

    This book is well-organized, informative, interesting and even a little alarming. It provides an unbiased analysis of the financial meltdown. I highly recommend it!

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    Amazon Customer 08-14-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Inside account of drama only..."

    Although this book provided an exhaustive insider blow by blow account of the players involved, and the high stakes meetings that took place during the fall of Lehman Bothers, and subsequent maneuvers by the Fed, Treasury, and Wall Street to keep everything from collapsing farther, there is virtually no insight as to history of laws, regulations and exotic financial "products" that created the conditions for all of this. If you looking for biographies of the main players and who said/did what and when, then there may be no better source. But, if you're interested in learning about the what caused the melt down, this book doesn't address it. You might try "All the Devils Are Here" instead.

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    Diana Laredo, TX, United States 07-04-11
    Diana Laredo, TX, United States 07-04-11 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, crocheter and knitter.

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    "Great thriller !!"

    My favorite genre has always been mystery thrillers, but I decided to try this one out for a change. What an unexpected surprise. This book is written as a thriller, only it's real life and people at their worst behavior. You will want to listen on the way to work, jogging, in my case while knitting, etc. because it is absolutely enthralling. Great job by the author, hope he has some more coming.

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    Ambrose A. Dunn-meynell NJ USA 07-03-11 Member Since 2016
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    "good for the serious listener"

    Having listened to the book whilst driving etc. i found it hard to keep up with. This is a massive work packed with details and seems too much for causal attention. I tend to agree with the reviewer who advised that print is better. If you want to devote your time to listening to this book you will find it a monumental work packed with insights.

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    Rob flemington, NJ, United States 03-30-11
    Rob flemington, NJ, United States 03-30-11 Member Since 2005
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    "I learned so much"

    Having little knowledge of finance I learned much. Mostly I gained appreciation for the unmitigated avarice of unregulated investment banking. Well-written and well-researched. Makes you feel like you were there.

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    Michael Supply, NC, United States 03-03-11
    Michael Supply, NC, United States 03-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Drama and Documentary"

    This is an excellent documentary that reads like a suspense thriller. Many sub-stories are played out in the book. This would make a great movie.

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    Richard United States 02-23-11
    Richard United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "I didn't like it."

    Although I'm not even remotely affiliated with anything "Wall-Street" I have a high level of interest in economics and finance, so I had high expectations for this book. Those expectations were not met.

    The book: The book is more about the people behind the scenes than it is about HOW the various financial institutions became "Too Big to Fail". And listening to the stories of how much greed and arrogance exists in these institutions was infuriatingly aggravating. My biggest complaint, however, was how the book was structured; there were simply too many people involved to allow the listener to keep track of who's who. And the tangents the author takes to provide background on many of these individuals, although probably intended to provide context, took the listener into so many different directions that it made it extremely difficult to follow the storyline.

    The reader: The reader was "OK," but I didn't like the manner in which he frequently used inflection as HE thought a person would speak. Not having been there (the reader, that is) I have no idea how he can assume HOW a sentence or exclamation was spoken. After awhile, it got annoying.

    At two-thirds of the way through, I had had enough and wanted to stop listening, but I had paid for the book so was determined to get through it--it didn't get any better.

    It may make a good movie someday, but as an audio book I found it quite lacking.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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