• The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure

  • Why Pure Capitalism Is the World Economy’s Only Hope
  • By: John Allison
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 27-09-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (3 ratings)
  • Whispersync for Voice-ready


Did Wall Street cause the mess we are in? Should Washington place stronger regulations on the financial industry? Can we lower unemployment rates by controlling the free market? Answer: no. Not only is free-market capitalism good for the economy, it is our only hope for recovery. As the nation’s longest-serving CEO of one of the top 25 financial institutions, John Allison has had a unique inside view of the events leading up to the financial crisis. He has seen what the government has done to the real estate market and how government regulations only make matters worse. Now in this controversial wake-up call of a book, he has given us a solution.
With shrewd insight, alarming insider details, and practical advice for today’s leaders, this electrifying analysis is nothing less than a call to arms for a nation on the brink. In the end, you’ll understand why it’s so important to put the “free” back into free market.
About the author: John Allison is the former chairman and CEO of Branch Banking & Trust Corporation. He currently serves as a distinguished professor at the Wake Forest University School of Business. He is an inductee of the North Carolina Business Hall of Fame.
©2012 John Allison (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By CarolB on 31-07-16

Authoritative, Curmudgeonly and Randian

The former CEO of one of the few banks that did not need the TARP bailout explains the ways banks and banking regulators failed to protect the rest of us from, and actually caused, the crash of 2008. A fascinating insider's viewpoint on US banking. Quite, quite obvious the author is a big fan of Ayn Rand, long before he said so himself.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alejandro Durán on 22-11-17

Clear, reasonable and evidence-based

I'm an economics PhD. student who has been interested in the crisis for years but who, at the same time, hasn't been able to read a comprehensive and fact-based book on it.
I like the pace at which John Allison explains things, relating abstract principles to daily financial events.
I consider that both his explanations for the crisis and potential cures from it are creative and to the point (and very different from what it is taught in classrooms, because he is willing to say what PhDs aren't brave enough to tell).
The reading by Sklar is excellent, a good reader understands what he is reading and communicates it, for which Alan Sklar is very good.
I recommend this book to anyone who is willing to know the story of the crisis and what should an can still be done.

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