Bailout Nation How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy

ISBN-10: 0470520388

ISBN-13: 9780470520383

Edition: 2009

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BAILOUT NATION is a scathing expose on the politicians, financial leaders, and regulators responsible for the financial crisis of 2008. Written by Barry Ritholtz, one of today's most popular economic bloggers and media commentators, the book shows how ideology has been turned on its head and how the U.S. has abandoned its capitalistic roots and morphed into Bailout Nation. Ritholtz's rogues gallery of perpetrators and enables includes Alan Greenspan, former Senator Phil Gramm, Presidents Bush and Clinton, Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin and Larry Summers, the biggest Wall Street firms, the ratings agencies, and Washington regulators. Together these individuals and institutions created a system that allowed banks and financial institutions to operate with little or no effective oversight, reaping the rewards of their success and insuring their failures would be underwritten by taxpayers. Scathing, tough-minded and marked by a tone of outrage, BAILOUT NATION perfectly matches the public mood and stands alone as a searing indictment of the financial and political establishment.
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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/6/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Barry Ritholtz is CEO and director of equity research at, an online quantitative research firm. He regularly appears as an expert on CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, and PBS, and he is the author of the topranked financial weblog, The Big Picture, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "what the in-crowd knows."

Barry Ritholtz operates one of today's most popular economic blogs,, which has received over 50 million page views since launching. He is the CEO and Director of Equity Research at FusionIQ, an online quantitative researchfirm. He is a frequent guest on CNBC; a regular guest on Fast Money, Kudlow & Company, and Power Lunch; and author of the popular "Apprenticed Investor" column at

Introduction Bailout Nation
A Brief History Of Bailouts
A Brief History of Bailouts
The Creation of the Federal Reserve, and Its Role in Creating Our Bailout Nation
Pre-Bailout Nation (1860-1942)
Industrial-Era Bailouts (1971-1995)
Intermezzo A Pattern Emerges
The Modern Era Of Bailouts
Stock Market Bailouts (1987-1995)
The Irrational Exuberance Era (1996-1999)
The Tech Wreck (2000-2003)
The Backwards, Rate-Driven Economy
Intermezzo A Brief History of Finance and Credit
The Mad Scramble for Yield
Market Failure
The Machinery of Subprime
Intermezzo A Memo Found in the Street: Uncle Sam the Enabler
Radical Deregulation, Nonfeasance
Strange Connections, Unintended Consequences
Moral Hazard: Why Bailouts Cause Future Problems
Bailout Nation
2008: Suicide by Democracy
The Fall of Bear Stearns
Dot-Com Penis Envy
Year of the Bailout, Part I: The Notorious AIG
The Year of the Bailout, Part II: Too Big to Succeed?
Intermezzo Idiots Fiddle While Rome Burns
Post-Bailout Nation
Casting Blame
Misplaced Fault
The Virtues of Foreclosure
Casino Capitalism
Postscript Advice to a New President
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