Too Big to Fail

Too Big to Fail

The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System From Crisis--and Themselves

Book - 2009
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Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami. From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea, and the corridors of Washington, Too Big to Fail is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed, and, ultimately, the fate of the world's economy.

"We've got to get some foam down on the runway!" a sleepless Timothy Geithner, the then-president of the Federal Reserve of New York, would tell Henry M. Paulson, the Treasury secretary, about the catastrophic crash the world's financial system would experience.

Through unprecedented access to the players involved, Too Big to Fail re-creates all the drama and turmoil, revealing neverdisclosed details and elucidating how decisions made on Wall Street over the past decade sowed the seeds of the debacle. This true story is not just a look at banks that were "too big to fail," it is a real-life thriller with a cast of bold-faced names who themselves thought they were too big to fail.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2009
ISBN: 9780670021253
Branch Call Number: ANF 330.973093 SOR
Characteristics: xx, 600 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Aug 27, 2017

Great storytelling about a key moment in our country's history

Jul 26, 2013

Never trust a silcon valley librarian:

Nothing scrupulous about Sorkin or his research!!!!!
[FYI to the compulsively clueless: If an author is either on the payroll of the CIA - - or Wall Street - - or both, then their writing can never be trusted!]

Aug 14, 2012

I found this book to be a long, gossipy narrative of the financial crisis. No wonder it was turned into an HBO movie/miniseries.

Simon Johnson's 13 Bankers has more detailed coverage of these events but is more technical.

jlazcan Nov 12, 2011

This is one of the most complete accounts of the 2008 US economic crisis. Sorkin as a newspaper columnist was there for it all and I am floored by the amount of access he was given. There are less than flattering quotes which I was surprised to see in print. I have read many books on this particular subject and this book is by far the best at covering the interaction between the cast of players. It is so good that I almost question the authenticity of some of the dialogue. If you want to read books on the crisis I would have to say read this one first. I would then look for another book that gets deeper into the detailed workings behind the crash.

zavirani Oct 20, 2011

An interesting read about some of the inside characters during the collapse of Lehman. I was a bankruptcy attorney at the time, and some of the work I did involved some of the same people involved in the story Sorkin weaves together. A good read with some very good insights.

nutty7688 Aug 14, 2011

All I can say is wow, this is an eye-opener

jwt0427 Aug 08, 2011

Readable and interesting. Very thorough.

Mar 11, 2011

Yes, yet another one about the economic crisis on my list. I just love this stuff. But I think this one is too flowery. It’s trying too hard to be eloquent.

debwalker Feb 28, 2011

Film release: Fall 2011

"The Book: Andrew Ross Sorkin's nonfiction epic about the financial crash of 2008 is perhaps the best book yet to explain the mortgage crisis and where all of our money really went.

"The Film: A big HBO movie about our very own modern times? Yes, please. The cast is amazing: Cynthia Nixon, James Woods, Paul Giamatti, William Hurt, Matthew Modine, Tony Shalhoub and Billy Crudup (as Tim Geithner!). Plus, I think it is safe to say that some of us still don't completely understand the whole "stock market apocalypse" situation and could use a glossy Hollywood production to help clarify things.

"See It With: The biggest Paul Krugman groupie you know."

Rachel Syme, NPR Radio

Apr 11, 2010

A fascinating, detailed look at the events leading the US government into bailouts and the TARP program. Emphasizes the role of the individuals involved, through extensive access to interviews, phone & e-mail logs, and diaries/journals.

An easy read if you're into either finance or government.

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