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'Ferguson presents a fierce indictment of predatory activities of parts of the financial system and of the corruption of democracy that ‘big money’ financial lobbying has caused. A book well worth reading regardless of whether you fully agree or not with all of its arguments.'

(Kirkus Reviews)

'As gripping as any thriller.'

(The Guardian)

'One of the outstanding journalistic achievements of the past decade.'

(Daily Mail)

'A fierce indictment.'

(Nouriel Roubini - Professor at New York University and author of Crisis Economics)

'This take-no-prisoners account of the financial crisis follows the money, connects the dots, names names, and asks the questions our leaders still refuse to answer: how have those responsible for the crisis not been held accountable, and how can we make sure it doesn’t happen again?'

(Arianna Huffington - Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post)

'He’s clever, he’s funny, he doesn’t pull punches... If only righteous fury were always this enjoyable.' 

(Guardian)

'One of the outstanding journalistic achievements of the past decade.'

(Daily Mail on the film Inside Job)

'I was totally gripped and have sat up in bed every night reading [Inside Job] until my eyes just couldn’t stay open any more. I liked the film, and the book is even better... you have to read this book.'

(Financial Times)

'This take-no-prisoners account of the financial crisis follows the money, connects the dots, names names….'

(Arianna Huffington Huffington Post)

About the Author

Charles Ferguson won an Oscar in 2011 for Inside Job, his documentary on the financial crisis, and was an Oscar nominee for his first documentary, No End in Sight, on the war in Iraq. He has written four books, and is a life member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a director of the French-American Foundation.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1427 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (6 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085V4TYE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I bought the Kindle version of this book as a "daily deal offer" without having heard of the film, which I have now bought (but not yet watched).

I previously had a fairly vague idea of the reasons behind the crisis, and tended to the view that yes the bankers were overpaid and greedy, but that we had all participated in borrowing and spending "easy money". I thought that the crisis was simply an unforseeable accident.

The book soon wiped away this view. Ferguson writes well and describes in easily understandable language just what was behind the crisis. He explains sub-prime mortgages, structured products, derivatives and hedge funds, CDOs and other exotic financial instuments. I now feel that I understand what these things are. Ferguson's writing style is clear and pleasurable to read, his only failing in this respect is that he often repeats things later on, but this is a minor irritation.

The book is well researched and backed up with extensive citations and references - the last 20% of the Kindle edition. What really opened my eyes was his detailed account of how the entire finance industry, banks, investment banks,mortgage lenders, ratings agencies, academics, regulators (in the USA) and insureres are all in each others pockets, with a common goal of self-enrichment at all costs. It is truly horrifying to learn that even when the property bubble was deflating, investment banks and insurers were offloading toxic assets onto unsuspecting investors, even betting (via "shorts") that these investment funds, sold to inexperienced or non-savvy institutions, would fail.

This book is a biting indictment of a system which rewards insiders by huge salaries and bonuses, while allows failure and fraud to go unpunished.
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I bought this having watched the film several times. The book has the advantage of being able to go into subjects in greater depth, with more examples, and whilst the film's awkward interviews and "xxxx declined to be interviewed" lines made for a good spectacle they ultimately made the film appear very one-sided. The book is much better at placing the 2008 crisis in context - comparing the banking "industry" with other large, complacent and often corrupt American industries of the past (cars, steel etc.); and also there's more on how banking and finance have contributed to a massive rise in income inequality over the past few decades - a rise which has masked declining living standards for the bulk of the US (and UK) population.

It's also more up-to-date, of course. However the final chapter on "What should be done" is very brief - none of the ideas are fully developed. And the book has several irritating typographical errors, especially near the beginning - the odd word missed out or two words conflated. Not to mention the use of the word "incented" instead of "incentivised"; not a word I was able to find in the dictionary online (English or American).
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This book will probably make your blood boil. It shows just how corrupt the financial system has become - and how with its entanglement with the political classes it's unlikely that it will ever again be transparent enough to engender confidence. In retrospect deregulation of the financial industries looks like a bad thing.
It is largely focused on the US financial shenanigans and misbehaviour, along with the subsequent sweeping under carpets of the many mis-demeanours that have taken place - so if you're looking for details on the UK's part in the 2008 financial crisis this isn't it - but still worth reading. I read it on the beach during the summer and kept having to go for a swim in order to cool down!
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It's a powerful expose, & a genuine rallying call against the dangers of poorly governanced hegemonies. I only withhold one star for what the author doesn't fully take on board, despite the title: it is the culture that needs reform. We all need to play our part in encouraging health & transparency, by recognising service where it is delivered, & reasoning or voting with our feet otherwise. "Them versus us" risks perpetuating the falsehood that allowed the idiotic disaster in the first place. Still, if this book rneans more folk feel empowered to take the issues seriously & demand proper answers, it will surely serve its purpose well.
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Ferguson has also done a documentary, but the book is better. The analysis is clear and convincing and touches areas which are not mentioned in other books. E.g., in comparison to Lewis' "Big short" Ferguson, offers a much more comprehensive analysis on the mechanisms that led to the meltdown. The main explanation that it was not in the individual actors' interests to blow the whistle, mainly because they did not stand to lose personally. And so much money was involved that you could corrupt anybody... So most people were quite aware that terrible things were happening, but still did nothing. Ferguson thinks it was grievously wrong that the main culprits have not been prosecuted, because only this would stop future crises from developing.
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Charles Ferguson in 'Inside Job' sets out incontrovertibly and in a highly readable fashion, how the much once highly respected financial industry and its senior executives went rogue. Through three decades of self-influenced, politically manipulated, and payola encouraged deregulation' the picture emerges of the corruption, and erosion of long standing ethical customer trust in bankers and financial advisers. The pursuit of the big green dollar massively flamed by the outrageous personal monetary incentives offered to anyone in an organisation who could book a profit however achieved, whether morally acceptable, principled, honest or not, was allowed to get completely and totally out of hand, particularly in all aspects of home mortgages, their subsequent collateralization, crazy casino gambling synthetic CDO's, and the highly questionable use of Credit Default Swaps by banks to hedge against dodgy, almost certain time bombs loaded with the worst possible sub prime rubbish, that the banks themselves had sold its own customers.

Political leaders when asked why little or no criminal action has been taken against the senior executives of companies that were actively involved in this business, simply claim that these people had not broken any of the laws of the country, and offer some less than confidence giving pledge to tighten up the laws governing the financial industry. However, Charles Ferguson meticulously examines a whole raft of existing and on the statute books laws, and details numerous examples of how these have been violated and by whom, thus exposing the 'no laws were broken' excuse as a downright falsehood.
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