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Author: Scott Nations Narrator: Christopher Grove Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9780062677068
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In this absorbing, smart, and accessible blend of economic and cultural history in the vein of the works of Michael Lewis and Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial executive and CNBC contributor examines the five most significant stock market crashes in the United States over the past century, revealing how they have defined the nation today.

THE PANIC OF 1907; BLACK TUESDAY (1929); BLACK MONDAY (1987); THE GREAT RECESSION (2008); THE FLASH CRASH (2010): Each of these financial implosions that caused a catastrophic drop in the American stock market is a remarkable story in its own right. But taken together, they offer a unique financial history of the American century. In A History of the United States in Five Crashes, financial executive and CNBC contributor Scott Nations examines these precipitous dips, revealing how each played a role in America’s political and cultural fabric, one building upon the next to create the nation we know today.

Scott Nations identifies the factors behind the disastrous runs on banks that led to the Panic of 1907, the first great scare of the twentieth century. He explains why 1920s America adopted investment trusts—a practice that helped post—World War I Britain—and how they were a primary catalyst of the 1929 crash. He explores America’s love affair with an expanding stock market in the 1980s—which spawned the birth of portfolio insurance that significantly contributed to the 1987 crash. And he examines the factors that led to the 2008 global meltdown, and the rise of algorithmic trading, the modern financial technology that sparked the 2010 Flash Crash when American stocks lost a trillion dollars in minutes.

A History of the United States in Five Crashes clearly and compellingly illustrates the connections between these financial collapses and examines the solid, clear-cut lessons they offer for preventing the next one.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating…Uniquely helpful.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fast-paced…Lively style…entertaining and informative.”

    Library Journal

  • “Nations insightfully relays the parallel experiences of stock market meltdowns, the events that led up to them, and their resulting economic and social ramifications.”


  • “An eye-opening examination of the many ways money can be made—and disappear.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The names of the stocks may change, as will the faces of the traders from one generation to the next. But through all of the social and technological evolution America has undergone, one thing remains exactly the same: The timeless and permanent dichotomy of fear and greed. By pulling together the common threads of each infamous crash and providing the societal context unique to each, Scott Nations has done something truly entertaining and extraordinary for his readers.”

    Joshua M. Brown, author of Backstage Wall Street

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About the Author

Scott Nations is the president of NationsShares, a financial engineer firm. He is a regular contributor to CNBC, where he discusses markets and other investment topics. He is the author of two technical books for option traders, Options Math and The Complete Book of Option Spreads and Combinations.

About the Narrator

Christopher Grove is an actor, writer, and audiobook narrator. His narrations include Eye of the Storm, The Quantum Enigma, and the Right Kind of Crazy.