Written with the novelistic verve and insider knowledge that made The Last Tycoons a New York Times bestseller and a prizewinner, House of Cards is a chilling cautionary tale about greed, arrogance, and stupidity in the financial world—and the consequences for all of us.
In March 2008, Bear Stearns, a swashbuckling eighty-four-year-old financial institution, was forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for an outrageously low price in a deal brokered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was desperately trying to prevent the impending catastrophic market crash. But mere months before, an industry-wide boom had “the Bear” clocking a record-high stock price. How did a giant investment bank with $18 billion in cash on hand disappear in a mere ten days? In this tour de force, Cohan provides a minute-by-minute account of the events that brought America’s second Gilded Age to an end.
Filled with intimate portraits of the major players, high-end gossip, and smart financial analysis, House of Cards recounts in detailed narrative form the dramatic events behind the fall of Bear Stearns and what it revealed about the financial world’s progression from irrational boom to cataclysmic bust. House of Cards is the Rosetta stone for understanding the dramatic and unprecedented events that have reshaped Wall Street and global finance in recent years. Download and start listening now!