Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy / Edition 1

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Overview

Praise for BAILOUT NATION

"A beam of enlightened thinking in a sea of delusional complacency."
Nouriel Roubini

"If you want to know how we got into this mess, then Ritholtz's Bailout Nation is where you should begin. He chronicled the collapse from the beginning with a rare clarity, and that shines through in this book."
—Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail

"One of the biggest myths of the great credit debacle of 2008 is that nobody saw it coming. Bull. Barry Ritholtz did. In Bailout Nation, Ritholtz throws our current travails into historical relief. For those who want to know how we got to this miserable place—and who want to have fun doing it—this is essential reading."
—Daniel Gross, Newsweek and Slate

"Highly entertaining rants against the stupidity of our biggest financial institutions. Ritholtz brings intelligence and moral outrage to this book."
Rex Nutting, MarketWatch

"Nobody in the financial punditry world has been 'righter' about the economic crisis unfolding than Barry. If there was such a thing as a financial pundits Hall of Fame, he would have to be an inaugural inductee. Ignore Bailout Nation at your own peril."
—Tobin Smith, founder, ChangeWave Research, and Contributing Market Analyst, Fox News

"Bailout Nation provides an easily understandable and vividly descriptive road map as to how our domestic economy got into the rut we are now in ... It is a must-read for serious students of financial history ... and for all investors in bonds and stocks who want to preserve and grow their capital in the future!"
—Doug Kass, Seabreeze Partners, Real Money.com, CNBC

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470520383
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 875,728
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Ritholtz operates one of today's most popular economic blogs,www.ritholtz.com/blog/, which has received over 50 million page views since launching. He is the CEO and Director of Equity Research at FusionIQ, an online quantitative research firm. He is a frequent guest on CNBC; a regular guest on Fast Money, Kudlow & Company, and Power Lunch; and author of the popular "Apprenticed Investor" column at TheStreet.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction Bailout Nation.

PART I A BRIEF HISTORY OF BAILOUTS.

Chapter 1 A Brief History of Bailouts.

Chapter 2 The Creation of the Federal Reserve, and Its Role in Creating Our Bailout Nation.

Chapter 3 Pre-Bailout Nation (1860–1942).

Chapter 4 Industrial-Era Bailouts (1971–1995).

Intermezzo A Pattern Emerges.

PART II THE MODERN ERA OF BAILOUTS.

Chapter 5 Stock Market Bailouts (1987–1995).

Chapter 6 The Irrational Exuberance Era (1996–1999).

Chapter 7 The Tech Wreck (2000–2003).

Chapter 8 The Backwards, Rate-Driven Economy.

Intermezzo A Brief History of Finance and Credit.

Chapter 9 The Mad Scramble for Yield.

PART III MARKET FAILURE.

Chapter 10 The Machinery of Subprime.

Intermezzo A Memo Found in the Street: Uncle Sam the Enabler.

Chapter 11 Radical Deregulation, Nonfeasance.

Chapter 12 Strange Connections, Unintended Consequences.

Chapter 13 Moral Hazard: Why Bailouts Cause Future Problems.

PART IV BAILOUT NATION.

Chapter 14 2008: Suicide by Democracy.

Chapter 15 The Fall of Bear Stearns.

Chapter 16 Dot-Com Penis Envy.

Chapter 17 Year of the Bailout, Part I: The Notorious AIG.

Chapter 18 The Year of the Bailout, Part II: Too Big to Succeed?

Intermezzo Idiots Fiddle While Rome Burns.

PART V POST-BAILOUT NATION.

Chapter 19 Casting Blame.

Chapter 20 Misplaced Fault.

Chapter 21 The Virtues of Foreclosure.

Chapter 22 Casino Capitalism.

Postscript Advice to a New President.

Notes.

Index.

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

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    Find out the Real Story

    This book, in a very compelling and credible way, explains what were the root causes and the events that stemmed from them, that led to to the economic meltdown that struck this country and effected the world financially. From Republican legislaton to Greenspan's Federal Reserve to the fundamental change in how mortgages were handled, this book covers all the angles in a fascinating narrative that exposes all of those who who had a hand in the creation of this crisis. If you really want to find out what happened, then read this book.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    Worth reading

    An excellent overview of how capitalism ought to function and how the US has strayed from that model to become a "bailout nation."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2009

    Not Compelling or Relevant

    This book is a good beach read , but certainly no scholarly piece of work .
    If you have a few hours to kill , this is the book for you

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