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The Crash of '79

3.64  ·  Rating Details  ·  238 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
The Crash of '79 is a book so real that its plot reads like today's headlines. The central figure is that world traveler, playboy, despot, and winter-sports enthusiast His Imperial Majesty the Shah of Iran, whose grandiose and megalomaniacal dreams, nurtured in secret and financed by oil money, engulf the lives of Erdman's characters, each of whom, unknowingly, is contribu ...more
352 pages
Published 1977 by Secker & W (first published October 1st 1976)
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Jun 14, 2011 Norma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book back in 1977, on a flight to Iran on a large 747 owned by Iran air. Little did I know, at the time, that book had been banned, by the very country I was about to call home for the next two years. The book was fascinating and I was entrapped with it the entire flight over. As my husband (at the time) and I were departing the plane, someone told us about the ban. I was able to hide the book in my lingerie, and was extremely lucky to not get caught with it. I do not regret reading ...more
May 04, 2012 Asif rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[A confession before I write review, I wish to admit that it kept lying on my shelf for about 1.5 years because I did not like the title. I thought this stuff had something to do with plane crash, until, I read back cover, last Saturday, when I was short listing novels to keep for my library. It lasted for three days, turned out well, as you will also witness in following lines – a good read but not for faint hearts]

The Crash of ’79 has everything from finance to banking, capital markets, foreig
Henri Moreaux
This book is primarily set in Saudi Arabia & Iran, although Switzerland, America & Europe also are featured. Written in 1976, and set in 1978-9 it is a little dated, the leader of Iran is the Shahanshah, Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavī, so obviously it takes place in a world where there's been no Islamic Revolution, no Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, etc.

However if you're able to take this in your stride it is a gripping tale of high finance & international intrigue. At 350 pages it's a
Nasser Hadjloo
Sep 04, 2013 Nasser Hadjloo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman
این کتاب رو هم فارسیش رو خوندم یک کتاب خیلی قطور که فکر کنم حدود دوهزار صفحه بود

کتاب بصورت یک قصه غیر واقعی نوشته شده و مربوط میشه به سقوط محمدرضا شاه پهلوی

رمان نویس توضیح میده که محمدرضا شاه به قدرت اول منطقه تبدیل میشه و به کشورهای همسایه مثل عربستان حمله میکنه و اونها رو اشغال میکنه و بعد در اوج اقتدار غربی ها از ترس اینکه قدرت بیشتری بگیره زیرابش رو میزنن و شاه سقوط میکنه

کته جالب اینه که با اینکه در ارتباط با سقوط شاه نوشته شده ولی خود کتاب قبل از سقوط شاه و واقعا در اوج قدرتش نوشته شده و به
Stuart Dequincy
This is what I love about goodreads, I was just drifting around in here (as I often do! My wishlist is probably several hundred strong my kindle wishlist is heading towards 500!) and I turned up this fella. I read this book in prison during my mis-spent youth. It was truly brilliant and led me too the same author's, Last Days of America which is actually one of my all time favs, for a man who reads as many books as me that is some statement. Let me qualify it by saying one of the best books I ha ...more
Alternative History has always been a fascinating subject for me. Thinking about some of the major historical incidents and contemplating on how the world today would be if any of those happened differently. The kind of the world we live in today would certainly have been much more different than how we know it.

What makes this book interesting is the fact that it was written in 1976 about the relations between Iran and the rest of the world. The kind of image that my country had in that period w
Dec 31, 2012 Joanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Erdman died in April 2007. He was a Canadian, educated as a Lutheran minister but graduated university with a degree in international business. He opened a small American bank in Switzerland. The bank failed. The Swiss imprisioned him. He wrote this book while in jail. He retired to the US after his release.

Interesting to read this story decades after he wrote it. Prophetic; it's all happened in the late 20 and into the 21st century.
Aug 10, 2014 Hobbeldehoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book ages ago and remember it read at break neck speed. My initial thoughts were, 'huh, finance' but it was really very intriguing and kept going, a bit like the DA Vinci code, just one of those books you had to finish, except this book had a better ending than the Da Vinci code.

The main character is somebody we would all like to be, a mover and shaker influencing the world stage but unseen and making a killing on the side. Descriptions of the other players such as the German banker
این کتاب پیشنهاد یکی از دوستان بود. هرچند تخیلی، اما جالب و قابل تأمل..
Apr 04, 2008 Yavar rated it really liked it
عنوان فارسی "سقوط 79"
Gerald Kinro
Feb 20, 2012 Gerald Kinro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first read this book several decades ago. With the current economic crisis I had to do it again. A big player in Erdman’s crash is the Shah of Iran who is trying to build a nuclear arsenal of his own. Also involved are Italy’s approaching bankruptcy, Real Estate Investment Trusts (a form of mortgage-backed security), oil, and the finance and banking industries. Then war. Then the Shah gets deposed (or disposed of) in a way much different from how it actually happened. Then the crash.

Today, the
Jul 31, 2009 Larry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Erdman was a financial thriller writer in the 70s and I remembered this book as setting out a wild premise about the demise of our financial systems. Given the world's current economic adventures I wanted to re-read it, so got an out-of-print copy from Amazon. While some of the circumstances have changed in ways Erdman could not forsee (the Shah of Iran, for example), overall it holds up awfully well and illustrates some forseeable issues about banking oversight and excesses. A quick read - ...more
Arie Prasetyo
Oct 30, 2015 Arie Prasetyo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Global financial chaos, grand military display of power, political scheming, larger-than-life characters, complex plot, and angry sex. Captivating till the end.
Veronica Harris
Jan 23, 2016 Veronica Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 22, 2007 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had somehow never heard of Paul Erdman, 1970s master of "fi-fi," until I read his obit in the New York Times. Fi-fi, or financial thriller fiction, seems to be a lost art with much of the current crop dull as toast. Erdman's spare writing style and knowledge of the subject -- he was a former international banker -- suck you in. The Crash of '79 seems not only utterly plausible but maybe even more plausible today with the price of oil sky high again. Worth finding a used copy or getting from your ...more
Jun 04, 2013 Priyank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 2nd financial thriller. A captivating read. Re-read it in 2010 along with lot of other GFC books - sometimes reality is more bizarre than fiction
Jul 18, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dated (obviously), but held up pretty well. Over-the-top at times. A modern day comparative might be something by Stephen Frey.
Mohamed Awada
Jun 26, 2009 Mohamed Awada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had we been living in the mid 70s, I would have considered this book to be telling the future. It is that realistic.
Mar 03, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
more information about the manipulations of oil and the struggle for power of the Suadis
Jul 25, 2007 Sylvia03 rated it really liked it
a tangling plot runs fast yet nicley flows..

surely a good read.

Feb 08, 2007 sanaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
thats a wonderfull book, read it if not read it till now!!!
Nov 30, 2008 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great job
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