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"Grimly fascinating... This is a pacey accessible and astute summary of what has gone wrong with the banks, and what the banks have done wrong... It is a sobering narrative in which Brummer's judgements are nuanced and reliable." (Oliver Kamm The Times)
"Like a surgeon at his operating table, Brummer dissects each British, American and European scandal of the last 10 years. He spares nobody, but his demolition job is made all the more powerful by the sparing language he deploys towards his targets. This is controlled menace at its best." (John Kampfner Observer)
"[Brummer] is a doyen of British financial journalism and it shows in the maturity of his judgments and breadth of his knowledge... It is all skilfully woven together by a writer who knows when to fly high and when to swoop low." (Financial Times)
"Through and expansive." (Management Today)
"An informed, riveting and ultimately disconcerting read." (Business Life)
Written by a man with inside knowledge of all the major players, this is the story of how the economic crisis continues to haunt us, and why the unchecked recklessness of some banks is still a threat to our financial future.See all Product Description
As a banker myself of 34 years this is a well written and intelligent book. A lot more could and I am sure will be written on the subject in particular the Lloyds/HBOS takeover... Read morePublished 11 days ago by toptips
I like Alex Brummer's journalism - but this was too much a rehash of everything that he has already been in the headlines the last few years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Thomas
This is a competently written, but occasionally rather vitriolic, summary of the failings of the banks in recent years. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John Baird
One book too many about the same topic: the banks messing up (yes they did it, we know it, next?)Published 9 months ago by Samuel Theodore
I'm furious about this book. I'm fascinated by books on the crisis, have just read both Tim Geithners "Stress Test" and Martin Wolf's "The Shifts and the Shocks". Read morePublished 12 months ago by TimRobertson