Here are the most up-to-date collection of reviews for Bailout Nation:
USA Today: “Best books to make sense of financial crisis of 2009”
Miami Herald: “Best business books of 2009”
Marketplace Radio: The best business books of 2009
Stock Trader’s Almanac: “Investment Book of the Year”
“Succeeds in laying out all that transpired in easy-to-understand language. If you want to know how we got into this mess and what might still be coming, this is the book for you.”
-Wall Street Journal
“The author writes with the fury of an insider mortified by the behavior of his heretical peers . . . There is much to be said for the book’s irreverence. Mr. Ritholtz has written an important book about a complicated subject, and yet you could still read it at the beach. Here’s hoping that some policy makers in Washington take it with them on vacation this month.”
-New York Times
“Ritholtz makes a valuable new contribution to our understanding of how we arrived at this sorry juncture. He’s smart, sassy and often amusing. If you’re looking for an all-in-one place explanation of what went wrong and why, this is the book for you (or your confused neighbor).”
“If you read nothing else about money, read [this}: There has been no shortage of books to explain our recent recession, but to understand what the hell we all just lived through and how the fallout is going to affect us for a loooong time to come, read Barry Ritholtz’s Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy. Ritholtz is a scarily smart and righteously angry financial insider, and this book, which rips Wall Street a new one, is gripping and completely comprehensible even if you’ve never bought a stock in your life.”
Bailout Nation’s straightforward, compelling account puts the crisis in context, explains why the US government responded so stupidly, offers solutions, and advises how to prevent a repeat. Ritholtz’s indictment of the financial and political establishment is devastatingly accurate.
“Before the housing and credit bubbles popped, Barry Ritholtz, a lawyer turned blogger and money manager, was one of the voices crying in the wilderness. His caustic (and occasionally profane) blog, The Big Picture, dissected macroeconomic news and relentlessly cut through spin. His book takes a long view of the roots of the economic crisis, tracing the history of a series of ever more expensive taxpayer-funded bailouts of failed industries.”
“Ritholtz’s book seeks to explain how the United States, once so proud, became “a nanny state for well-paid bankers. Ritholtz may be just the right person to explain the transition to both the disillusioned amateur and the finance junkie. He doesn’t pull his punches or bury the truth in layers of finance-speak, caveats, and disclaimers. Since he began blogging seven years ago, in-the-know readers of his popular blog, The Big Picture, have turned to Ritholtz for his prescient, refreshingly honest commentary on the economy. Anyone interested in understanding the roots of our current crisis should check out the book..”
“A comprehensive crisis scrapbook compiled by the money manager behind the popular financial blog the Big Picture in a quippy, no-nonsense voice…”
-New York Magazine
“These are some of the provocative and even dangerous questions that Barry Ritholtz takes on in Bailout Nation…Above all, Bailout Nation is about the socialization of risk and the privatization of profits.
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