The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, Authorized Edition: Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the Un
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The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, Authorized Edition: Final Report of the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the Un

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The definitive report on what caused America's economic meltdownOCo and who was responsibleThe financial and economic crisis has touched the lives of millions of Americans who have lost their jobs and their homes, but many have little understanding of how it happened. Now, in this very accessible report, readers can get the facts. Formed in May 2...more
ebook, 577 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by PublicAffairs (first published December 15th 2010)
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Beth Gordon
I enjoy economics and real estate, and this book was even too tedious for me. 550 pages in 8 point font that can be summarized with the statement, "Everyone was greedy." There's a lot of blame to go around; the crisis was caused by a number of interrelated events with greed as the cornerstone. While it is interesting reading despite being tedious, I'm positive that the reader could get the same information from a few journal articles.
The book is the official report produced by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission on the financial crisis of 2007-2008. The book primarily provides a chronological history before, during, and briefly after the crisis. There are three different reports: one adopted by the majority i.e. 6 members of the 10 member commission which were chosen by the "Democratic leadership of Congress", which constitutes most of the book, and two separate dissenting reports adopted by 3 members and 1 member of the...more
Thomas Bowskill
The report itself takes a very in-depth look at the events that happened during the financial crisis; it falls into the trap, however, of skimming over the possible causes of the crisis -- which should have been their main agenda -- and blaming most the issues on poor regulation and greed. There's a lot to be said about the factors that they do blame for causing the crisis (many are true), but the emphasis they placed on expanding on these points was to the detriment of their research into the o...more
A well written book with fluent prose. It provides information on the historical decisions that laid the ground for the onslaught of the financial crisis, points out those responsible and attempts to describe the inter-relation between them.

No easy bogeymen are used - but the ideology that advocates for unregulated and unfettered markets is strongly criticised, though no easy answers are given to the rebuttal that the private sector will always be one step ahead of the public sector in figuring...more
Well written report of the events of 2007 - 2008 with some follow through into 2010. The leadup to the crisis is well documented and the thoughts of participants with regard to the bankruptcy of Lehman is well chronicled. The report is written for a general audience and non-quantitative readers.

My main gripe is that the footnotes are not hyperlinked to their appropriate citations for the Kindle edition. Also, the graphs provided in the AEI dissenting statement are not formatted for optimum viewi...more
I FINALLY finished this thing! it starts off like a dime store detective novel. it becomes dry in the center but finishes strong. The dissenting opinion at the end is a great counterpoint that lends balance and perspective to the financial industry bashing that permeates most of the book. A must read!
Jan 29, 2011 Topher marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics, politics
Never mind. Won't be reading this after seeing Steve Keen's review.
Thomas Gross
A must-read, and very readable. This report explains a lot of what happened and is invaluable to an intelligent understanding of the Financial free-fall.
Thom Dunn
An honest first appraisal. Opening chapter with the commissions several conclusions should be required high school reading.
This is excellent. Select chapters from this book ought to be required reading for high-schoolers.
Dani Ollé
Very readable, explains clearly many complex concepts. Excessively long but informative
Jan 28, 2011 John is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Necessary reading for those interested in digging deeper into the archeology of the financial crisis...that I'm begging to see as the "tipping point" for the end of the era of American economic super power status. We're not Greece...we're us.
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