...one heck of a good read. --Guardian
...a balanced, thoughtful , sober account of arguably the greatest crisis of the 21st Century... --Mail on Sunday
[Alistair Darling] writes compellingly about the market meltdown and ensuing recession, spicing the narrative with a droll wit and acidic observations about the arrogant and stupid bank chiefs. If this story has been told before, it is still informative to have the scary view from the edge of the precipice as Britain teeters on the brink of a complete collapse of its banks. --Observer --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Alistair Darling is the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South West. Initially appointed as Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 1997, he moved to become Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in 1998. He spent another four years as Secretary of State for Transport, also becoming Secretary of State for Scotland in 2003. He served as Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in 2006, before Gordon Brown promoted him to Chancellor in 2007.
Only once the facts of the Financial Crash of 2008 are revealed can we assess how banks and mortgage companies manipulated and effectively cheated vulnerable people to help the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by RL White
Surprisingly humorous account of Darling's time at number 11. Odd how someone initially deemed economically illiterate seemed to shine in his role of attempting to save the economy... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard M.
Clearly written. He does not try to promote his part in the crisis but gives a balanced account.Published 2 months ago by I. R. Stevenson
A disappointingly bland account of one of the most important episodes in British political and economic history. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Morris
An excellent look behind the scenes of one of the most significant periods in our life time. I loved the combination of insight and analysis alongside personal observations on the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jo Windsor
This is a very interesting book, giving a good insight in to the difficult job of Chancellor of the Exchequer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jonnie
This is an excellent and well written account of the events leading to the international financial crisis as it affected the UK. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sussex Tom
I found the book increasingly irritating as AD just comes across as a superrman who can do no wrong and in fact if we had all just followed what he wanted everything would be rosy... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Colin Simonds