Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System---and Themselves

Written by:
Andrew Ross Sorkin
Narrated by:
William Hughes

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2009
21 hours 4 minutes
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Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami. From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea, and the corridors of Washington, Too Big to Fail is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed, and, ultimately, the fate of the world’s economy.

“We’ve got to get some foam down on the runway!” a sleepless Timothy Geithner, the then-president of the Federal Reserve of New York, would tell Henry M. Paulson, the Treasury secretary, about the catastrophic crash the world’s financial system would experience.

Through unprecedented access to the players involved, Too Big to Fail re-creates all the drama and turmoil, revealing neverdisclosed details and elucidating how decisions made on Wall Street over the past decade sowed the seeds of the debacle. This true story is not just a look at banks that were “too big to fail,” it is a real-life thriller with a cast of bold-faced names who themselves thought they were too big to fail.
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Lennart Meyer Ø.

Great listen. One of the few books I’ve listened to or read that has been consistently intense and compelling throughout a 20+ hour runtime. Sorkin is excellent at making the situations and discussions understandable and relatable, even if you don’t have a great deal of financial expertise.

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Herb B.

This is a great way to learn about the story behind the recession, how and why it happened, the personalities behind it, and how it was fixed. You'll come away with even more disgust for big finance than you probably already have! The story is told in a bold manner that doesn't really hold back, and is laid out such that the timeline is always there, but not in your face.

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Walter Hopkins

Great narrative that captures the intensity if the drama. It also provides a sense of the relative positions of the banks, the natures of the CEOs, and the role of the government (Paulson and Geithner, mainly). It spends little time on the financial numbers, as it is more about the storytelling.

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