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During the most dizzying days of the financial crisis, Washington Mutual, a bank with hundreds of billions of dollars in its coffers, suffered a crippling bank run. The story of its final, brutal collapse in the autumn of 2008, and its controversial sale to JPMorgan Chase, is an astonishing account of how one bank lost itself to greed and mismanagement and how the entire financial industry—and even the entire country—lost its way as well.

Kirsten Grind’s The Lost Bank is a magisterial and gripping account of these events, tracing the cultural shifts, the cockamamie financial engineering, and the hubris and avarice that made this incredible story possible. The men and women who become the central players in this tragedy—the regulators and the bankers, the home buyers and the lenders, the number crunchers and the shareholders—are heroes and villains, perpetrators and victims, often switching roles with one another as the drama unfolds.

Reporting for the Puget Sound Business Journal, Grind covered the story from the beginning. It was a story set far from the epicenters of finance and media, happening largely in places such as the suburban homes of central California and the office buildings of Seattle, but the clarity and depth of Grind’s work earned her many awards, including being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Gerald Loeb Award. She takes readers into boardrooms and bedrooms, revealing the power struggles that pitted regulators at the Office of Thrift Supervision and the FDIC against one another and the predatory negotiations of investment bankers and lawyers who enriched themselves during the bank’s rise and then devoured the decimated bank in its final days.

Written as compellingly as the finest fiction, The Lost Bank makes it clear that the collapse of Washington Mutual was not just the largest bank failure in American history. It is a story of talismanic qualities, reflecting the incredible rise and the precipitous collapse of not only an institution but of trust, fortunes, and the marketplaces for risk across the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The transformation of Washington Mutual from folksy community lender to reckless 2000-branch behemoth is one of the epic stories of American finance…Grind tells this boom-bust story without lapsing into melodrama or malice, and her tale is all the more powerful for that.”

    Sebastian Mallaby, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Kirsten Grind has written a first-rate accounting of the spectacular collapse of Washington Mutual and how behemoth JPMorgan Chase picked over its carcass. Thanks to Grind’s winning narrative, what was previously one of the less-well known financial disasters of September 2008 is now fully—and entertainingly—explicated.”

    William D. Cohan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Lucid, entertaining…One of the best accounts yet…of the Great Crash as it played out on a human scale.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “What a marvelous book this is, so well-reported and so well-told by a writer who really threw herself into telling her story. And what an incredible tale that turns out to be…The Lost Bank would be a joy to read if not for the Greek tragedy that unspools vividly and painfully before your eyes. A first-rate job by a first-rate journalist.”

    Gary Rivlin, award-winning author of Broke, USA

  • The Lost Bank is a superbly written, insider account of the collapse of Washington Mutual, among the more surprising downfalls of the financial crisis. It’s a story of hubris, ambition, and poor judgment that entertains but also is a disturbing coda to the difficult period, providing enduring lessons about how a group of executives who predicted the housing collapse were somehow felled by it.”

    Gregory Zuckerman, nationally bestselling author of The Greatest Trade Ever

  • “An exhaustively researched and well-written account of one of the widely ignored chapters of the great financial crisis. Grind does an excellent job of bringing the complex story to life, and capturing the sense of drama and the impact on peoples’ lives. It also casts a spotlight on the role of the FDIC, which has not received as much attention as it should have done. An insightful and well-written book.”

    Gillian Tett, award-winning journalist

  • “An eye-opening book.”

    Booklist

  • “Kirsten Grind’s dogged reporting lays bare a tale of out-of-control salesmen and executive-level gamblers who transformed one of America’s most respected banks into a weapon of mass financial destruction. The Lost Bank is a page-turning read that exposes the Wild West banking tactics that harmed customers, workers, and the nation as a whole.”

    Michael W. Hudson, author of The Monster

  • “A detailed, instructive account of a bank failure far away from the power centers of New York City.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This gripping cautionary tale of unchecked greed and a shortage of ethics will appeal to a wide range of readers from finance junkies to fans of Joseph Finder’s corporate fiction.”

    Library Journal

  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2012: Business
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About the Author

Kirsten Grind has received more than a dozen national awards for her work, including a Pulitzer Prize finalist citation for her work covering the collapse of Washington Mutual. A reporter for the Wall Street Journal, she lives in New York City.