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Bust: Greece, the Euro and the Sovereign Debt Crisis (Bloomberg (UK))

Bust: Greece, the Euro and the Sovereign Debt Crisis (Bloomberg (UK)) [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Lynn
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“Lynn’s book is fast–paced, entertaining and perceptive about the causes of the crisis. He explains how Greece cheated its way into the eurozone in 2001 by supplying the European Union authorities with data that understated the Greek budget deficit by an average of 2.1 percentage points in every year from 1997." —Financial Times ‘…Lynn blends financial history, politics and current affairs to tell the story of government deceit, unfettered spending, and cheap borrowing.’ —Finance & Management Faculty, October 2010. ‘The more interesting the book, the less likely you are to put it down, and I just wanted to read from beginning to end.’ —, MoneyTalk, December 2010. ‘…thrilling account of the Greek financial crisis…lively, engaging, and thought provoking…Bust, reminds us just how interconnected the world really is.’ —, December 2010. ‘…fast–paced, entertaining and perceptive.’ (, January 2011).

‘[ an] uncompromising read… combines a blow–by–blow account of the Greek bailout with an analysis of why the euro is unsustainable…’ (, January 2011). ‘…a very readable and concise book’. (Financial Times, January 2011). ‘...cogent analysis of the Eurozone’s sovereign debt crisis delivered with a keen polemical edge, very accessible for the general reader.’ (Spears Wealth, July 2011). ‘...successfully blends financial history, politics, and current affairs...sets out a well–reasoned argument.’  (The Market, July 2011).

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In 2001, Greece saw its application for membership into the Eurozone accepted, and the country sat down to the greatest free lunch in economic history. However, the coming years of global economic prosperity would lead to unrestrained spending, cheap borrowing, and a failure to implement financial reform, leaving the country massively exposed to a financial crisis—which duly struck.

In Bust: Greece, the Euro, and the Sovereign Debt Crisis, Bloomberg columnist Matthew Lynn explores Greece's spectacular rise and fall from grace and the global repercussions of its financial disaster. Page by page, he provides a thrilling account of the Greek financial crisis, drawing out its origins, how it escalated, and its implications for a fragile global economy. Along the way, Lynn looks at how the Greek contagion has spread like wildfire throughout Europe and explores how government ineptitude as well as financial speculators compounded the problem.

Blending financial history, politics, and current affairs, Lynn skillfully tells the story of how one nation rode the wave of economic prosperity and brought a continent, a currency, and, potentially, the global financial system to its knees. Lively, engaging, and thought provoking, Bust reminds us just how interconnected the world really is.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 518 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 047097611X
  • Publisher: Bloomberg Press; 1 edition (21 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD69NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #366,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Matt Lynn was born in 1962 and and grew up in Exeter and Dublin, before moving to London. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford. After a career as a financial journalist and ghost-writer, which included three number-one best-sellers, he started writing the 'Death Force' series of action-adventure thrillers in 2009. Featuring a group of mercenaries, the series started with 'Death Force' in 2009, followed by 'Fire Force' in 2010, and continuing with 'Shadow Force' in 2011. The News of the World gave the first book a four-star rating, describing it as "a Boy's-Own adventure guaranteed to get the pulse racing. It is up there with the finest that Andy McNab or Chris Ryan have ever penned." Matt Lynn also writes widely on business and economics, including columns to Bloomberg, Money Week and the Spectator. 'Bust: Greece, the Euro and the Sovereign Debt Crisis' was published in 2010, and short-listed for the Spear's Book Awards Business Book of the Year.

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