Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain Hardcover – 5 Jun 2014
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'Shredded is a magnificent book. I regard it as one of the best investigative books of the past decade' -- Eamonn O'Neill, BBC Radio Scotland
'A gripping account . . . RBS was a rogue business, operating in what had become a rogue industry, with the connivance of government. Read it and weep' -- Martin Wolf, Financial Times
'A model of the journalist's craft, Zola-esque in its broad and unsparing study of corporate hubris and nemesis and haunting in the questions it leaves in its wake' -- Bill Jamieson, Scotsman
'Impeccably researched and hard to put down at any point . . . The author pulls no punches' -- Philip Augar, Financial Times
'Explosive' -- Tom Harper, Independent on Sunday
'Combines Greek tragedy with real-life events that have affected us all. It's hard to put down' -- Devraj Ray, Mortgage Strategy
'I don't think I have ever read such a perfect morality tale for our times' -- Iona Bain, FT Adviser
'The definitive text. I'm thinking of Barbarians at the Gate about Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and RJR Nabisco. An instant classic' -- Max Keiser, The Keiser Report
'You should absolutely read Ian Fraser's Shredded. It is probably the definitive work on the British and Irish banks in the Great Bubble and the ensuing Great Financial Crisis' -- Alexander Harrowell, The Yorkshire Ranter
'Engrossing, fascinating and appalling . . . a fast-paced and sickeningly depressing exposition of what can go wrong when corporate governance fails' -- Ruth Bender, Cranfield University
'Magisterial . . . the most detailed catalogue to date of the errors and misdemeanours leading up to RBS's 2008 collapse and the failure -- in Fraser's view -- to reform the bank in its aftermath' -- Colin Donald, Herald
'A rattling good read. Hubris, nemesis. Truly shocking' -- Paul Rogerson, Law Society Gazette
'A manual for understanding banks, the financial crisis, and also corporate greed and hubris' -- P.C. Dettman
'The definitive account of the RBS fiasco. It's an engaging tale of how self-serving bank executives systematically broke the rules, lent ith astonishing recklessness, abused customers and got suckered by Wall Street - before dumping their mess on the taxpayers' -- Yves Smith, author of Naked Capitalism
'Nearly six years after the bailout, Shredded reminds us how much of banking reform is still a work in progress' -- Nick Dunbar, nickdunbar.net
'Ian Fraser has produced a genuine page turner' -- Alex Marsh, Pieria
'The best financial book I've ever read. Thank you, Ian, for a public service' -- Simon Bain, Herald
'Not just the definitive book on the collapse of RBS but one of the best five books on the great financial collapse which changed the history of the 21st century. Ian pulls no punches in his conclusions' -- Russell Napier, CLSA
'This book should be posted through the letterbox of every taxpayer in Britain' --David Mellor, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury
'Shredded is a monumental book, well written, impeccably researched and hard to put down at any point' --Financial Times
'Not just a book about RBS but about something profound that happened ethically in our country' --Russell Napier, CLSA
About the Author
Ian Fraser is an award-winning journalist, commentator and broadcaster whose work has been published by among others The Economist, Financial Times, The Sunday Times, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer, Mail on Sunday, Herald, Sunday Herald, Thomson Reuters, Huffington Post, economia and QFINANCE. He has taught at the University of Stirling, and his BBC documentary, RBS: The Bank That Ran Out of Money, was short-listed for a Bafta. He is a graduate of St Andrews University and lives in Scotland.
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Ian Fraser has painstakingly gathered a huge amount of material from the most diverse of sources. The effort put in by the author ought to be read as a fundamental case study in all the world’s Business Schools.
Had I been a non-executive director of RBS during any of the years 1998 – 2008 I would be mortified reading Shredded. Like the main culprit they too were guilty as charged.
Fraser is a financial journalist of considerable experience and starts with the advantage of knowing his subject better than most having covered finance and RBS for years. Based in the relatively small and tightly knit community that is Edinburgh Fraser has absorbed the story of RBS steadily from the first flickering on the seismograph when HSBC considered buying the tiny UK bank to the needle-shaking purchase of NatWest that catapulted the bank into our collective consciousness.
I was in Hong Kong at the time of that bid and we saw it as nothing more than one Scottish bank seeking out another Scottish bank as part of a growing, global expansion. I was at NatWest too when RBS bought and effectively buried the old school of banking that had been on notice since Big Bang and the fundamental realignment of the financial sector. From that moment I became aware of, at times was a witness to, the many episodes that Fraser documents in this ultimately tragic tale.Read more ›
This book names names, those who were and are responsible. Most are still in responsible positions. None have appeared before any court of law. Near all still receive salaries the ordinary working man could only dream of... Read more but be aware that your blood pressure might rise considerably, page after, page, after page...
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From reading Shredded, you can tell the information presented is a result of meticulous in-depth research, interviews and the author's experience as a journalist. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Si
The best financial book I have ever read! As Rowan Bosworth Davies says this book should be required reading for every civil servant at HM Treasury, the FCA and every politician... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Steve
Fantastic book very well wrote
Bankers still not held to account because they own our politicians Ian Fraser is a brave man to write the truth he should be our prime minister... Read more
Fascinating and enlightening - and Labour still don't know why voters rejected them?Published 4 months ago by James Coll
The definitive guide on how not to run a bank. A step-by-step account of the biggest disaster in British, and probably global, banking as Ian Fraser walks us through how RBS became... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mr. P. T. Lewis
Found content to be quite thin and then padded out , repetitive ! Overall impression is that this ios just a "getting on the bandwagon" book.Published 5 months ago by Thomas Sawyer
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