Earlier today, my boy Josh Brown tweeted this:



That caused a huge commotion as #GeithnerBookTitles took off on Twitter. But the microblogging site is less than idea for these sorts of ventures.

Instead, querying readers in this environment has worked really well (See this for an example with the winning answers here). So, I open up the floor to the assembled multitudes — what should Timmeh title his book?

Here are a few ideas to start the creative juices flowing:

Saving Private Giants
Tuesdays with Paulson
The Dukes of Moral Hazzard (co-written with Larry Summers)
Crime and No Punishment
The World According to TARP
Atlas Bugged
A Tale of Two Citis
Chicken Soup for the Captured Regulator
Optimus Subprime, The Financial Transformer.
Portrait of the Banker as a Young Bureaucrat
Currency debasement for dummies
Days of Plunder
Fear And Loathing At The Federal Reserve
It Takes a Pillage
Where the Subprime Things Are
What To Expect When You’re Expecting A Bailout
‘Find it! Falsify it! Foreclose it!: Make Millions in Real Estate One House At A Time

Any other ideas for Tim Geithner? He can certainly use your help in finding a book title . . .


AP: Timothy Geithner planning book

Category: Bailouts, Humor, Really, really bad calls

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97 Responses to “What Should Geithner’s Financial Crisis Book Title Be?”

  1. michaelbatnick says:

    TARPtanic, The Scarlet Bailout

  2. MidlifeNocrisis says:

    When I first glanced at the tweet, my confused mind thought it said “Saving Giants Privates”.

    But after reading it correctly, and having time to contemplate the situation, I’ll have to stick with my first impression.

  3. CharlesII says:

    Home Alone 5

  4. Gary Weiss says:

    “The Passion of Tim Geithner”


  5. The Limerick King says:

    “The 7 Habits of Highly Defective People”

  6. Paul R. La Monica says:

    Ooh. #geithnerbooktitles looks like a lot of fun. Can I play? How about TARP and Peace?

  7. Bill in SF says:

    Dude, Where’s My Debit Card?

  8. KR says:

    A Farewell to ARMs

  9. mad97123 says:

    Brave New World II

  10. mad97123 says:

    Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers.

  11. tnap01 says:

    Plunderer’s Progress

    Catch 22 Trillion

    The Autobiography of Jamie Dimon’s Buttboy

  12. Julia Chestnut says:

    I can’t get my brain to work: Pride and Precipice?

    The Dukes of Moral Hazzard rocks.

  13. chrisnyc says:

    All Banks are Equal, but Some Banks are more Equal than Others
    Fuck You, World (Brave New World)
    Catch 22 Trillion
    Go the F*ck to Sleep

  14. jaymaster says:

    I Fought the Law, and I Won

  15. TLH says:

    The Greatest Robbery

  16. eliz says:

    The Grifters – Gangham Style

  17. floating stinging butterfly says:

    Teabagging Blankfein: Don’t Speak With Your Mouth Full
    Asleep at the Switch: A Gentleman’s Guide to Implausible Deniability
    How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love (Defrauding) Your Bonds
    Saving Private Dimon
    The Man Who Sold (Out) the World
    Dummies Guide to Guillotine Avoidance
    Financial Terrorism 101: An Amoral Perspective
    The Joys of Cooking (My Books)
    Humility: Essays for Oligarchs

  18. possomcohen says:

    The Exorcist

  19. jbegan says:

    Theft For Dummies.

  20. GetReal1 says:


  21. Ramstone says:

    Notes on HAMP.

  22. gstream says:

    To Kill a Middleclass

  23. A says:

    No Country for Honest Men

  24. nofoulsontheplayground says:

    Forrest Geithner
    The Geithenator Salvation
    Rin Tim Tim
    No Country For Goldman

  25. louis says:

    Empires of Mediocrity
    Senator I can answer that!
    The Path to Nothing
    The Worst Tim Time

    And of course

    Geithner Nation

  26. Matt Yglesias says:

    Crime and No Punishment

  27. yenwoda says:

    Treasury Buy-Land
    ZIRP and the Greeks
    100 Weeks of Suckitude

  28. Bridget says:

    On the Diminution of Specie

  29. howardoark says:

    Maestro and Me

  30. Syd says:

    I Was A Teenage Central Banker

    Brother, Can You Spare Seven Trillion Dimes?

  31. Chrisbo says:

    What color is your bailout?

    The Bailout: A History, A Theory, A Flood

    Fahrenheit 110-343

  32. trainreq says:

    Dimons are Forever.

    Ex plures ut pauci.

    No skin in the game. subtitle: It wasn’t my money, I didn’t even pay my taxes.

    Bonfire of the sanities.

  33. kapil says:

    It should have been “Bailout Nation” but that was already taken!

  34. The Window Washer says:

    kapil Says:

    It should have been “Bailout Nation” but that was already taken!

    And we’re done!!!!

  35. nofoulsontheplayground says:


  36. WNL says:

    “Chains you can be leavin’.” with a picture of a family being thrown out of their foreclosed home.

  37. trainreq says:

    Bonfire of the Sanities

  38. Bokolis says:

    There’s got to be a way to work in a “Vikram Yoga”and/or devil’s cookbook reference. Since my own pop culture bank went into liquidation in 1997, I need someone to take the pitch.

    If we’re going to play this game on my level, then it’s Gay-chicken Soup for the Soulless.

  39. 873450 says:

    Saving God’s Workers

    Middle Class, We Hardly Knew Ye

    Making Socialism Work For Plutocrats

    Requiem For FDR

    Somebody Up There Likes Me ?

  40. pcassell says:

    Max Pain
    The Hurt Volcker
    The Curious Case of Ben Bernanke
    Zero Dark 1930 – Part 2
    Before the Devil knows your Insolvent
    The Art of More
    There will be Blood in the Streets
    Black HELOC Down
    Bowling for Countrywide

  41. formerlawyer says:

    How about a children’s theme? Some classic examples might be:

    Little Pretty Pocket-book (with apologies to John Newbery)
    Fairy Tales (with apologies to Hans Christian Anderson)
    Great Expectations (with apologies to Charles Dickens)
    The Adventures of Pinocchio (with apologies to Carlo Collodi)
    Seven Little Austrians (with apologies to Ethel Turner)
    The Lost World (with apologies to Arthur Conan Doyle)

  42. ladifrigginda says:

    Fifty Shades of Geithner

  43. ladifrigginda says:

    Of course, could just reuse ‘The Idiot’ but Dostoevsky might not like that…

  44. debrabradley says:

    When you point your finger at someone else, notice there are three pointing back at you

  45. AnnaLee says:

    “Dr. StrangeMoney or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Banks”

  46. Brett says:

    Your list of Geithner titles is one of the funniest things I have read in a long time.

    It takes a pillage? Brilliant.

  47. fatheed says:

    Called to Serve: Helping God’s Best Do Their Worst

  48. Petey Wheatstraw says:

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Prevarication, but Didn’t Know Who to Ask.

    A Fistula Full of (Fiat) Dollars

    Looking for Mr. GoodWeasel

  49. Petey Wheatstraw says:

    Don’t Buy This Bank.

  50. Petey Wheatstraw says:

    The Tranche Connection

  51. E says:

    Interview With a Vampire Squid

  52. * An Idiot’s Guide To Screwing Up the Economy

    * What I Saw at the (Socialist) Revolution

    * How To Screw Up a Perfectly Good Bailout

    * Loving the Guy in the White House (Who Couldn’t Care Less About Me)

    * It’s the Other Guys’ Fault: My Time With Hank Paulson Bailing Out the Big Banks

    * Mysteries of Space: How a Guy With Little Between His Ears Made It So Far

    * The White House Diet: Forget What Michelle Says About Eating Well, Just Work for Her Husband

    * How To Keep Failing Upward

    * 50 Shades of Truth: Fooling Reporters To Think High Unemployment Is Great and Getting Your Guy Re-elected

  53. Jonny Angel says:

    Dances With Weasels

  54. mbrmd says:

    Amid Summers’ Blight Team

  55. Petey Wheatstraw says:

    Allen and the Money Factory

    Kite Running

    The Zero Percent Solution

    The Joy of Looting

    I (Ka)Ching

    The Origin of the Specious

  56. davedk says:

    The Big Geithner

    To Protect and Serve

  57. VIX For The People says:

    The Pillagers of the Earth

    Amid Summer’s Night’s Dream

  58. bobnoxy says:

    I came, I saw nothing, and I left.

  59. rktbrkr says:

    So many great choices

    Apocalypse Later

  60. rktbrkr says:

    Rascals Clique & Mau-Mauing the Tax Payer

  61. rktbrkr says:

    Washington on $25 Billion A day

  62. Doug says:


  63. dino says:

    Geithner’s Gate
    Wild Black Swans
    Guess How Much I Screwed You
    The (S)hite Report

    ‘The dukes of moral hazard’ and ‘it takes a pillage’ gave me a good laugh – thanks!

  64. callmeahab says:

    Repurposed titles that would work:

    “To Have and Have Not”
    “The Good Soldier”

  65. Nick @ PFD says:

    Gone with the Unwind
    I Know What You Did Last Recession
    Prolegomena to Any Future Money Physics
    Love in the Time of 0% Interest Rates
    Harold and Kumar Make Monetary Policy
    View to a Shill
    I’ll Do Anything for Quantitative Easing (But I Won’t Do That)

  66. hue says:

    Things To Do in DC When You’re in Debt
    When Timmy Met Bennie
    Less Than Zero (IRP)
    Honey I Debased the Currency
    The Chinese Connection

  67. Vaulty McNut says:

    This Time Is (no) Different

  68. RobertB says:

    I Robosign

  69. BMF says:

    - The Surprisingly Bearable Lightness of Banking
    - Notes from the Overlord
    - A Good Banker is Hard to Find
    Excerpt: “Bernanke was the only one that ever raised the Fed’s balance sheet… and he shouldn’t have done it. He thrown everything off balance. If he can do what he says he can do, then it’s nothing for you to do but throw away everything and follow him, and if he can’t, then it’s nothing for you to do but enjoy the few minutes you got left the best way you can — by shorting some mortgage-backed securities or foreclosing somebody’s house or doing some other meanness to him. No pleasure but meanness.”
    - Cry, the Beloved Countrywide
    - A Brief History of Crime
    - A Portrait of the Con Artist as a Young Man
    - O Financial Product Pioneers!

  70. marcoramius says:

    Apes of Graft

  71. PeterR says:

    “The Rats of New York!”

    PS — lots of great suggestions above, especially the most recent, Apes of Graft!

    Have a good weekend.

  72. WFTA says:

    There is some really solid work here. I don’t hope to compete:

    Chicanery Row
    The Grapes of Math
    Rabbit Rob
    God’s Little AIG

  73. rd says:

    “Forrest Geithner”

    He seemed to be present at every major inflection point of the creation and cover-up of the financial crisis.

    The subtitle will be “Or How My Experience with TurboTax Enabled Me To Address Financial Crises”

  74. rktbrkr says:

    Gone with the Unwind

  75. Ron P says:

    “On the Origin of Feces.”

  76. leonardcrook says:

    These are hilarious. My suggestion:

    The Big, The Bad, The Ugly

  77. jsmfr says:

    Wall Street’s Bitch: My Life as a Private Servant

  78. tangouniform says:

    “Zen and the Art of Market Maintenance”
    “A Fool and His Money”

    For kids: “Diary of a Wimpy FED” or the tongue-twisting “Green Span and HAMP”: ‘…I do not like Green Span and HAMP. I do not like them, Uncle Sam…”

  79. Citizen38 says:

    I have 2
    Making the World Safe for Wall Street or

    Waht’s Good for Wall Street is Good for the USA,

  80. Tim says:

    The Pig Picture

  81. jackisback3164 says:

    Picking Winners and Losers, It’s Not Just for the Fed Anymore

  82. yenwoda says:

    Portrait of the Artist as the Banks’ Man
    To Whom the Bailout Rolls (ask not to whom the bailout rolls. no, seriously, don’t ask.)
    Dream of the Red Ledger
    The Last Nine Days of the SIGTARP (Can’t Come Quickly Enough)

  83. Joe_in_Indiana says:

    Inside Information for Only the Privileged

    Limited Edition Only of Course!

  84. fatcatbanker says:

    My life selling rope (a Karl Marx short story)

  85. Jim67545 says:

    The Peter Principle and Me

  86. Giovanni says:

    Can this be a series of books? There are fifty suggestions here that had me laughing out loud.

  87. Richard W. Kline says:

    Go On, Take the Money and Run. [my personal fave]
    Out Of Your Pocket And Into Mine: Wealth Transfer for Finance Ministers in the 21st Century.
    Find It, Fake It, Fob It Off, Fabulate: The Four F Principle for Gaming a De-regulatory Environment Like An I Did.

    Many very witty proposals in comments already . . . .

  88. Richard W. Kline says:

    I, Judas. [my new personal fave]
    No, Don’t Thank Me, I Got Paid To Do This. [read properly, perfectly accurate]
    Dr. Strangegeld, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bonds.

  89. rktbrkr says:

    I can’t wait for the Bernanke sequels.

    I can’t imagine the number of board appointments and consulting agreements that will come from this. Paulson has been kind of quiet – sort of like Bush

  90. V says:

    Bernanke does Dallas (Fed that is)

  91. V says:

    Bens POV (from the Helicopter)

  92. obryzum says:

    The Fellowship of the Street

    One Hundred Years of Servitude

    Lord of the Size

  93. James Shannon says:

    Fuck You – Money!

  94. Greg@Home says:

    I cannot resist tossing in a couple….amazingly enough…not many changes needed.

    “Gangs of New York”

    “Get Smart er”

    “Fistful of Dollar$”

  95. Greg@Home says:

    Way too funny….one more comes to mind…

    “The Man who Fell to Mirth”

  96. Greg@Home says:

    And finally….with apologies to Henry Fonda…

    “Yours, Mine and Ours”