Bull by the Horns

Fighting to Save Main Street From Wall Street and Wall Street From Itself
Bair, Sheila (Book - 2012)
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The former FDIC Chairwoman, and one of the first people to acknowledge the full risk of subprime loans, offers a unique perspective on the greatest crisis the U.S. has faced since the Great Depression.
Authors: Bair, Sheila
Statement of Responsibility: Sheila Bair
Title: Bull by the horns
fighting to save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from itself
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
Characteristics: viii, 415 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: The golden age of banking
Turning the Titanic
The fight over Basel II
The skunk at the garden party
Subprime is "contained"
Stepping over a dollar to pick up a nickel : helping home owners, round one
The audacity of that woman
The Wachovia blindside
Bailing out the boneheads
Doubling down on Citi : bailout number two
Helping home owners, round two
Obama's election : the more thing change
Helping home owners, round three
The $100 billion club
The care and feeding of Citigroup : bailout number three
Finally saying no
Never again
It's all about the compensation
The Senate's Orwellian debate
Dodd-Frank implementation : the final stretch (or so I thought)
Robo-signing erupts
The return to Basel
Too small to save
Squinting in the public spotlight
Farewell to the FDIC
How Main Street can tame Wall Street
It could have been different
Summary: The former FDIC Chairwoman, and one of the first people to acknowledge the full risk of subprime loans, offers a unique perspective on the greatest crisis the U.S. has faced since the Great Depression.
Subject Headings: Banks and banking Government policy United States History 21st century Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009 United States Economic policy 2009- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Topical Term: Banks and banking
Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009
LCCN: 2012039342
ISBN: 9781451672480
Branch Call Number: 332.7209 B
Research Call Number: *R-SIBL HG2491 .B23 2012
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Is it a pretty good book? Yes if you exist on another planet. Did Ms. Bair do everything she could have to fully perform in her position when she was with the FDIC? Many of us believe not! Unfortunately, writing a book after the fact may serve as a quasi mea culpa or apologia, but doesn't really help anything. [Will you learn any really important details on the meltdown from the former head of the FDIC? Surprisingly, NO.]

Mar 27, 2013
  • delfon rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

As head of the US Federal Insurance Deposit Insurance Corporation the author saw first hand the moral depravity and laxity of those in regulatory authority, and witnessed the results of the sustained effort to desparage and demoralize dedicated civil servancts mandated to protect the consumer.
Even at the worst, at least one bank CEO was more concerned about his 'bonus' than the health of the whole ecomony. She calls on main street to harness wall street -- unfortunatly, she kind of forgets its the US Congress which has seemingly turned rogue and forgotton any, but their own interests.


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