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Sheila Bair is widely acknowledged in government circles and the media as one of the first people to identify and accurately assess the subprime crisis. Appointed by George W. Bush as the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in 2006, she witnessed the origins of the financial crisis and in 2008 became—along with Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and Timothy Geithner—one of the key players invested in repairing the damage to our economy. Bull by the Horns is her remarkable and refreshingly honest account of that contentious time and the struggle for reform that followed and continues to this day.

A level-headed, pragmatic figure with a clear focus on serving the public good, Bair was often one of the few women in the room during heated discussions about the economy. Despite her years of experience and her determination to rein in the private banks and Wall Street, she frequently found herself at odds with Geithner. She is withering in her assessment of some of Wall Street’s finest, and her narrative of Citibank’s attempted takeover of Wachovia is a stinging indictment of how regulators and the banks worked against the public interest at times to serve their own needs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bair is everything you’d want in a public servant: thoughtful, practical, independent-minded—a straight shooter with political savvy who can manage the details of policy without losing sight of the big picture.”

    Steven Pearlstein, Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post columnist

  • “A useful, corrective addition to the already extensive literature on the crisis.”

    Foreign Affairs

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About the Author

Sheila Bair was chairperson of the FDIC from 2006 to 2011. Prior to assuming this post, Sheila served as assistant secretary for financial institutions at the US. Department of the Treasury and senior vice president for government relations of the New York Stock Exchange. She is the recipient of many awards, including the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award, and Forbes magazine twice named her the second most powerful woman in the world. Sheila is a columnist for Fortune magazine. She is also the author of two books about money management for children, Isabel’s Car Wash and Rock, Brock, and the Savings Shock.