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A first-person account of the white-knuckle weekend that brought the financial world to its knees, from one of America's most famous business reporters.
As bankers and government officials scrambled to keep the economy from total collapse during the weekend of September 12-14, 2008, top CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo was taking frantic phone calls from the most powerful playe
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ebook, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Portfolio (first published September 7th 2010)
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Dave Jones
This book examines the events and players behind the financial meltdown that started September 12-14 2008. Ms. Batiromo replays this weekend including the actions and insights of the major players. (She enjoyed first-hand access with many of these people.)

For students of economics and investments, there is a lot of information to ponder. The last chapter is the high water mark of the book in which she ponders whether Capitalism itself is to blame. Many lessor catalysts of this tragedy are also r
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Tara
When I grow up, I want to be like Maria Bartiromo!! :)

You won't find in this book the technical details on what derivatives are, or what "toxic assets" are, that sit in the banks financial statements (or not) and that created the systemic financial meltdown we had in 2008. What you'll find though, are the key players during the crisis as they come together to resolve it... or tried to. You would know who was the actual "too big to fail" company (or at least, I didn't b/c I didn't follow the news
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Martin
I continue to gobble up books about the '08 financial crisis, because a) it's important to know the details and important to simply know about it. b) I don't understand any of it. c) I'm fascinated by the fact that I understand none of it even though I'm inundating myself with information about it. Bartiromo has gotten me closer to understanding because, by dint of her capacity, has a unique perspective of the particulars. She explains much of the happenstance by way of metaphors, which is reall ...more
Shawn Q
Wow, is this a disappointment. Reads like a fans accounting of the crisis. Continually apologizing for and defending the bad actors who caused the mess. Also doesn't read so much as an insiders view as a viewers perspective. We all watched the news, I would appreciate some behind the scenes. That being said, it's a reasonable approximation of the crisis - as long as you read it as written by a diehard capitalist (and read it with a huge grain of salt).
Phil Mullen
This may be the 7th of such books I've read since the Great Recession of 2008, & it's a lot more superficial than some of the others.

What's nice about it, though, is that it shows how, through the author's connections, she could see the crash coming, & feel the thrashing about as power-brokers tried to save themselves & their organizations.

So I'm glad I read it (AND that I got it from the library!).
Jeremiah
Not bad, a little on the fluff side. I did enjoy reading about the major players and seeing them from a more personal perspective.
Sandy
Made understandable why everything crashed at once and why it was too connected to fail, not "too big to fail".
Mark
Great recount of the recent/current/ongoing financial crisis with a bird's eye view of Bartiromo.
Gina
OK bok. Didn't find it interesting enough to finish reading it.
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