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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (505 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roger Lowenstein Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The roots of the mortgage bubble and the story of the Wall Street collapse—and the government’s unprecedented response—from our most trusted business journalist

The End of Wall Street is a blow-by-blow account of America’s biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression. Drawing on 180 interviews, including sit-downs with top government officials and Wall Street CEOs, Lowenstein tells, with grace, wit, and razor-sharp understanding, the full story of the end of Wall Street as we knew it. Displaying the qualities that made When Genius Failed a timeless classic of Wall Street—his sixth sense for narrative drama and his unmatched ability to tell complicated financial stories in ways that resonate with the ordinary reader—Roger Lowenstein weaves a financial, economic, and sociological thriller that indicts America for succumbing to the siren song of easy debt and speculative mortgages.

The End of Wall Street is rife with historical lessons and bursting with fast-paced action. Lowenstein introduces his story with precisely etched, laserlike profiles of Angelo Mozilo, the Johnny Appleseed of subprime mortgages who spreads toxic loans across the landscape like wild crabapples, and moves to a damning explication of how rating agencies helped gift wrap faulty loans in the guise of triple-A paper and a takedown of the academic formulas that—once again—proved the ruin of investors and banks. Lowenstein excels with a series of searing profiles of banking CEOs, such as the ferretlike Dick Fuld of Lehman and the bloodless Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan, and of government officials from the restless, deal-obsessed Hank Paulson and the overmatched Tim Geithner to the cerebral academic Ben Bernanke, who sought to avoid a repeat of the one crisis he spent a lifetime trying to understand—the Great Depression.

Finally, we come to understand the majesty of Lowenstein’s theme of liquidity and capital, which explains the origins of the crisis and that positions the collapse of 2008 as the greatest ever of Wall Street’s unlearned lessons. The End of Wall Street will be essential reading as we work to identify the lessons of the market failure and start to rebuild.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tai Odunsi | 2/14/2014

    " a near concise yet pragmatic overview of wall street's glut, demise, and eventual bail out "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adrian | 2/6/2014

    " Nice intro to who and what they talked about. Interesting history that takes you along a different path to what we all lived through. A little taste of what went on behind the closed doors when wall street was bailed out. Reminded me of how little we were told while it was going on. We really are being kept in the dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark | 1/18/2014

    " Third book on our financial crisis I've read. Not as entertaining as the Big Short, but definitely better than the "let's follow bankers as they spend too much time in conference rooms" approach of Too Big to Fail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Johnx | 1/11/2014

    " Best book on the financial meltdown out of the three I have read. Too Big Too fail is from the POV of a journalist and House of Cards is a little better. This book is more of a insiders POV. "

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