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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (65 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mathew Padilla, Mathew Paul, Padilla Muolo, Paul Muolo Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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THE TRUTH BEHIND AMERICA’S HOUSING ANG MORTGAGE CRISIS

In the summer of 2007, the subprime empire that Wall Street had built all came crashing down. On average, fifty lenders a month were going bust—and the people responsible for the crisis included not just unregulated loan brokers and con artists, but also investment bankers and home loan institutions traditionally perceived as completely trustworthy. 

Chain of Blame chronicles this incredible disaster, with a specific focus on the players who participated in such a fundamentally flawed fiasco. Acclaimed financial reporters Muolo and Padilla go behind the headlines to expose the truth about how this crisis occurred, what individuals and institutions—from lenders and brokers to some of the biggest investment banks in the world—were doing during this critical time, who is ultimately responsible for what happened, and perhaps more importantly, why everyone was so taken by surprise. The authors reveal how human behavior and greed drove the demand, supply, and the investor appetite for these types of loans—and how Wall Street was all too willing to satisfy the desires of those who should have known better. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Talk about a whopping tale—and it happens to be true…Paul Muolo and Mathew Padilla, both seasoned financial journalists, skillfully lead readers through the quagmire of what went wrong…Compelling.”

    USA Today

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dennis Blanchette | 5/31/2012

    " Very clear and understandable explanation of the subject "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Victoria | 3/2/2012

    " Comprehensive look at what went terribly wrong in the mortgage industry. Lots of sniggely little errors, but overall, very well researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sermsee | 12/29/2011

    " Oh all the names we know....Interesting. How it all went down. Good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary Crawford | 8/26/2009

    " A must read to understand how the current financial problems happened. I had no idea the problems started so long ago. "

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