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Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks, which together control assets amounting to more than 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, these financial institutions (now more emphatically “too big to fail”) continue to hold the global economy hostage, threatening yet another financial meltdown with their excessive risk-taking and toxic “business as usual” practices. How did this come to be—and what is to be done? These are the central concerns of 13 Bankers, a brilliant, historically informed account of our troubled political economy.

In 13 Bankers, prominent economist Simon Johnson and James Kwak give a wide-ranging, meticulous, and bracing account of recent United States financial history within the context of previous showdowns between American democracy and Big Finance. They convincingly show why our future is imperiled by the ideology of finance (finance is good, unregulated finance is better, unfettered finance run amok is best) and by Wall Street’s political control of government policy pertaining to it.

The choice that America faces is stark: whether Washington will accede to the vested interests of an unbridled financial sector that runs up profits in good years and dumps its losses on taxpayers in lean years, or reform through stringent regulation the banking system as first and foremost an engine of economic growth. To restore health and balance to our economy, Johnson and Kwak make a radical yet feasible and focused proposal: reconfigure the megabanks to be “small enough to fail.”

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  • “This intelligent, nuanced book…synthesizes a significant amount of research while advancing a coherent and compelling point of view.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Will | 4/26/2016

    " Simon and James do an amazing job of walking you through the history of the housing industry, the intricacies of the finance industry with the MBO's and comparing the crash to crashes in other foreign markets. Similar to my review of flash boys, if you are multitasking, it is going to be tough to get the most out of the audiobook as you will most likely miss on some important points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather Denkmire | 2/20/2014

    " The audiobook voice talent made this a bit painful to get through. The content was dry enough as it was... the last several chapters were the meatiest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bimus | 2/19/2014

    " Well written book by economists of the academic and professionally experienced type with an eye to the financial crisis of 2007-09+. If you want an explanation of the playing field and some detail of how powerful banks have become and tools of that trade -- if you haven't lost your house yet this won't be so painful, then this is a good start. Not a whole lot of fancy technical stuff but there is a need for the reader to be aware that the situation does have technical financial aspects -- Mortgage Backed Security, CDO, Interest Rate Swap, Special Investment Vehicle -- and these are explained fairly well. I'd give it another half star but rating doesn't exist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alex | 2/7/2014

    " It felt a bit short, and there was a little too much history. "

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