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After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street-And Washington

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Robust financial markets support capitalism, they don't imperil it. But in 2008, Washington policymakers were compelled to replace private risk-takers in the financial system with government capital so that money and credit flows wouldn't stop, precipitating a depression.
Washington's actions weren't the start of government distortions in the financial industry, Nicole Gel
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ebook, 256 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Encounter Books (first published 2009)
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Katy
A remarkably even handed and succinct investigation into the economic crisis of the past two years. While there are similarities to the speculative exuberance of the 1920's, the author concentrates on the last 25 years and the development of hedge funds, derivatives, and other highly sophisticated financial instruments which were for the most part unregulated and misunderstood. This is a clear well thought out analysis
Michael
Gelinas covers a hundred years of financial history succinctly, demonstrating that attempts to squeeze wealth from thin air are nothing new. Her steady analysis doesn't quite grip the reader with compelling stories, but it gets the job done.

She argues that the financial crisis circa 2007-2008 culminated from many erroneous policy decisions over the previous 25 or 30 years, chief among them the bailouts of commercial bank Continental Illinois (in 1984) and the ridiculously-named hedge fund Long
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Howard Olsen
Jul 08, 2010 Howard Olsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This modest looking, elegantly written book is actually one of the best analyses of the "Too Big To Fail" phenomenon that you can read. Gelinas is a real free marketer, so she doesn't like what goes on either in Washington or on Wall Street, something which partisans on both sides might find confusing.
Gregory
Jul 24, 2010 Gregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this without much context, but the author was able to get her point across to me despite my handicap.

The history of how we got to "too big to fail" was complete and the recommendation on how to get out of the trap was pointed and straightforward.
Brian
Mar 21, 2010 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
A clear and concise summary of the financial crisis and its causes, along with recommendations to fix the problem. Protip: Chanting that we need "tough" regulation is not going to fix the problem.
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Nicole Gelinas is the Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. Gelinas writes on urban economics and finance, municipal and corporate finance, and business issues. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Securities Analysts.

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