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Reckless Endangerment

How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon

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A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book for 2011
One of The Economist's 2011 Books of the Year

The New York Times's Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist reveals how the financial meltdown emerged from the toxic interplay of Washington, Wall Street, and corrupt mortgage lenders

In Reckless Endangerment, Gretchen Morgenson, the star business columnist of The New York Times, exposes how the watchdogs who were supposed to protect the country from financial harm were actually complicit in the actions that finally blew up the American economy.

Drawing on previously untapped sources and building on original research from coauthor Joshua Rosner—who himself raised early warnings with the public and investors, and kept detailed records—Morgenson connects the dots that led to this fiasco.

Morgenson and Rosner draw back the curtain on Fannie Mae, the mortgage-finance giant that grew, with the support of the Clinton administration, through the 1990s, becoming a major opponent of government oversight even as it was benefiting from public subsidies. They expose the role played not only by Fannie Mae executives but also by enablers at Countrywide Financial, Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve, HUD, Congress, the FDIC, and the biggest players on Wall Street, to show how greed, aggression, and fear led countless officials to ignore warning signs of an imminent disaster.

Character-rich and definitive in its analysis, this is the one account of the financial crisis you must read.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 21, 2011 – Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times business journalist Morgenson and Rosner, a financial and policy analyst, turn the financial meltdown of 2008 into a whodunit as they cast about for motives and culprits. Their character-driven account even begins with a cast of craven characters (as in a mystery novel): Fannie Mae executives, subprime lenders, and regulators. Morgensen and Rosner dig into the wreck and come up with key moments—President Clinton's 1994 landmark speech (and his embrace of a "corrupt corporate model") aggressively promoting home ownership—and motives, chief among them the eagerness of subprime lenders to extend loans to people "based on their credit future, not their past," the laxity of regulators, and the timidity and cupidity of policy makers. The book ends with a withering look at current "reforms" (ironically enough "sponsored by the nation's most strident defenders of Fannie Mae," Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd) and a prediction that we'll "most certainly" have another 2008-style crash "because Congress decided against fixing the problem of too-big-to-fail institutions when it had its chance." A sobering account of some sordid recent history that's so clear and detailed that pros and novices will find its account rich and informative, and deeply depressing.

Customer Reviews

Actually Lays the blame where it's deserved!

I have done my research on what really happened and I can tell you, you are not getting the truth from most of the media.

This well researched book gives real answers as to what really happened.

It started in housing!

Hint,'s not wall street, although they had a part, it's not the bankers, they were forced to make home loans to people that could not repay by the community reinvestment act and community organizers.

Fannie Mae and Frannie Mac were huge players, the truth is out there if you wish to see it!

Reckless Endangerment

If you have ever worked in the financial services sector as a licensed professional where compliance officers scrutinize everything, read this book. Then ask; "How could so many people make that many immoral and borderline criminal decisions and get away with it"?


Hard to believe there had to be so many sweet hearth back room deals where no one goes to jail. It does not seem to matter what party is in power they all come out the same as crooks. Is there any honest people left in politics???

Reckless Endangerment
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Finance
  • Published: May 24, 2011
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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