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House of Cards

A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street

By William D. Cohan
Narrated by Alan Sklar / 25 hours 17 minutes

In March 2008, Bear Stearns, a swashbuckling eighty-four-year-old financial institution, was forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for an outrageously low price in a deal brokered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was desperately trying to prevent the impending catastrophic market crash. But mere months before, an industry-wide boom had "the Bear" clocking a record high stock price. How did a giant investment bank with $18 billion in cash on hand disappear in a mere ten days? In this tour de force, Cohan provides a minute-by-minute account of the events that brought America's second Gilded Age to an end. Filled with intimate portraits of the major players, high-end gossip, and smart financial analysis, House of Cards recounts in delicious narrative form the dramatic events behind the fall of Bear Stearns and what it revealed about the financial world's progression from irrational boom to cataclysmic bust. House of Cards is the Rosetta Stone for understanding the dramatic and the unprecedented events that have reshaped Wall Street and global finance in the past two years.

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Author
Narrator Alan Sklar
ISBN 9781400181681
Length 25 hours 17 minutes
Language English
Publisher Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date
Edition Unabridged
Genres Business & Nonfiction
Libro.fm rank #160,777 Overall
Genre rank #10,000 in Business