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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,906 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bethany McLean, Joe Nocera Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As soon as the financial crisis erupted, the finger-pointing began. Should the blame fall on Wall Street, Main Street, or Pennsylvania Avenue? On greedy traders, misguided regulators, sleazy subprime companies, cowardly legislators, or clueless home buyers?

According to Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera, two of America’s most acclaimed business journalists, the real answer is all of the above—and more. Many devils helped bring hell to the economy. And the full story, in all of its complexity and detail, is like the legend of the blind men and the elephant: almost everyone has missed the big picture; almost no one has put all the pieces together.

All the Devils Are Here goes back several decades to weave the hidden history of the financial crisis in a way no previous book has done. It explores the motivations of everyone from famous CEOs, cabinet secretaries, and politicians to anonymous lenders, borrowers, analysts, and Wall Street traders. It delves into the powerful American mythology of homeownership. And it proves that the crisis ultimately wasn’t about finance at all—it was about human nature.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McLean and Nocera weave seemingly unrelated strands of the story into a coherent tapestry…this narrative was constructed by skilled professionals with great care and attention. It’s a shame the same can’t be said for our mortgage industry.”

    Washington Post

  • “Hard-hitting reporting and fluent writing bring the utter devastation of the Great Recession to life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ray | 2/19/2014

    " One of the better books written on the subject of our recent financial crisis, and I've tried a lot of them. The subject has never truly grabbed me, so I struggle with long financial explanations. But if I had to pick just one book to read talking about the housing bubble and financial collapse on Wall Street, this would probably be it. All lot of greed, a lot of blame, and a horrible lack of understanding all around, but with all the money being made, who wanted to ask too many questions about the associated risk, and who wanted to change things? Clearly, not many in the banking or mortgage lending industry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elaine Nelson | 2/15/2014

    " Forgot to review right after I read it -- so I lost all my bookmarks when it automagically checked itself in. Damn ebooks. :( In any case, definitely recommended. Fascinating look at the players in the financial crisis, and the long slow way that it unfolded WAY before 2008. Works well in concert with 13 Bankers. (If by well, you mean: may make you despair for the future.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ben | 12/24/2013

    " This one came sort of recommended. Overall it's probably the best attempt at putting as much about the financial crisis in one place that is out there; it definitely is the best one I have read. As a result, however, it is a long book and a broad one, to the point that it suffers as a book a bit. The authors are generally careful to restrict themselves to facts they can find and don't make many conjectures. The documented failures of some are catalogued: "this guy said that he thought subprime stuff was bad but when in a situation where they might have been able to do something about subprime lending they did nothing", but that's about as close to pointing fingers as they get. You can give this to friends in the banking industry who faint at the thought of someone using harsh or inflammatory language when discussing the financial sector's utter failure to do anything other than extract enormous personal wealth for themselves. As someone who prefers a strongly stated position, I found the authors too restrained in their criticism. The book could probably use an update considering it ends with a slightly hopeful note about some financial conference to be held in 2010 where someone might decide something about how to regulate the financial sector. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alison | 12/19/2013

    " A stunning piece of research, the authors present a damning case against the many players that contributed to the financial crisis. Despite the complicated subject matter, business journalists Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera write with enough clarity to keep the reader engaged. They humanize the broad array of corporate and government characters involved in a way that news stories and earnings reports never can. I highly recommend the book to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of the housing bubble and financial collapse of the early 21st century. It lays the foundation for a new definition of "The American Dream." "

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