Published to mark the 30th anniversary of the financial revolution known as Big Bang, Crash Bang Wallop tells the gripping story of how the changes introduced in the 1980s in the City of London transformed our world.
Attitudes to money and the way we measure value and status were completely reshaped by Big Bang, and it had an extraordinary impact on politics, on style, on technology, on the class system, on questions of public ownership, and on the geography of London. Perhaps more than anything, Big Bang revolutionised the international markets, as the capital became a testing ground for financial globalisation, with huge repercussions for the global economy.
The definitive insider's account of this critically important moment in modern history, Crash Bang Wallop also explores what's next for global finance as it gets ready to undergo yet another revolution.
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By Philo on 13-09-18
Lively financial-cultural history of the City
I found this pleasurable, listenable and informative all through. The writer shows his roots via a journalistic flair. I like the very compact explanations of important financial events. I love to hear the Mother Tongue, the King's English, so well used and spoken. The only thing I would change is, I would shift to just a bit less of the cultural stuff (always a peeve to hear overmuch about whatever baubles the latest generation of young Turks were flashing at any moment), and a few more financial nuts and bolts. But the political and cultural parts are, to some extent, essential to the comprehension of it all. And, the headline events are all here: the fall of Barings, Thatcher's rise and fall, all that.
As the author observes, this is yet another moment in which the City faces an existential crisis and must reinvent itself.