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I downloaded this book on the strength of the excellent articles by the author in the FInancial TImes. There's a lot of detail, much use of acronyms, that I kept forgetting, and many names to keep track of. However, as someone who has lost money because of the reckless behaviour of these scoundrels in banking I was interested to hear how they did it. I only wish there was an epilogue where they get their comeuppance.
The narrator delivered difficult material competently.
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A really good listen, if a little hard to follow sometimes with a lot of the players having similiar names.
It really does bring home how good intentions can be seized on by others with lower morals.
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This book is very well written and researched, and probably as clear and well-organized as possible given the technical nature of the subject matter and the furious cascade of events. I liked the fact that the author had no obvious bias but treats her subjects with scrupulous fairness. She also eschewed taking too much of an ideological stance, leaving readers to ponder the events and personalities and allowing us to come to our own conclusions. Other than the prologue which is also even-handed she mostly refrains from telling us what she thinks.
One slightly more than minor annoyance: the reader, who was otherwise excellent, decided to affect an upper-class British accent for all the English-born characters in the story but he couldn't quite pull it off. The effort sounded like an intentional mockery of the person he was quoting, which, I'm sure, was not the intention of the author.
Other than that, I enjoyed this book so much that I intend to read it again, in part because I still do not have an adequate grasp of these astounding events which occurred, presumably, while we were all asleep.
Does a remarkable job of helping me to understand more about the financial world without being overly technical.