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- KurzbeschreibungAls die Finanzwelt am Abgrund stand<br>Als die Investmentbank Lehman Brothers über Nacht zusammenbrach, löste das Schockwellen um den ganzen Erdball aus. Die Bank war eigentlich zu groß und wichtig gewesen, um sie pleitegehen zu lassen. In einer brillanten Erzählung, die den Leser direkt in die Büros der Mächtigen führt, rekonstruiert der Journalist Andrew R. Sorkin den dramatischen Ausbruch der Finanzkrise von 2008/2009 und die verzweifelten Bemühungen von Bankern und Politikern, den völligen Kollaps des Finanzsystems zu verhindern. Auf der Grundlage von ausführlichen Interviews, firmeninternen E-Mails und Protokollen liefert Sorkin die definitive Darstellung der Krise, die viele bisher unbekannte Details verrät.<br> A brilliantly reported true-life thriller that goes behind the scenes of the financial crisis on Wall Street and in Washington. <br>In one of the most gripping financial narratives in decades, Andrew Ross Sorkin-a New York Times columnist and one of the country's most respected financial reporters-delivers the first definitive blow- by-blow account of the epochal economic crisis that brought the world to the brink. Through unprecedented access to the players involved, he re-creates all the drama and turmoil of these turbulent days, revealing never-before-disclosed details and recounting how, motivated as often by ego and greed as by fear and self-preservation, the most powerful men and women in finance and politics decided the fate of the world's economy.
- AutorAndrew Ross Sorkin
- VerlagPenguin LCC US
- Seiten618 Seiten
- Gewicht617 g
- LeseprobePROLOGUE<br>Standing in the kitchen of his Park Avenue apartment, Jamie Dimon poured himself a cup of coffee, hoping it might ease his headache. He was recovering from a slight hangover, but his head really hurt for a different reason: He knew too much .<br>It was just past 7:00 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, September 13, 2008. Dimon, the chief executive of JP Morgan Chase, the nation's third largest bank, had spent part of the prior evening at an emergency, all-hands-on-deck meeting at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York with a dozen of his rival Wall Street CEOs. Their assignment was to come up with a plan to save Lehman Brothers, the nation's fourth-largest investment bank-or risk the collateral damage that might ensue in the markets.<br>To Dimon it was a terrifying predicament that caused his mind to spin as he rushed home afterward. He was already more than two hours late for a dinner party that his wife, Judy, was hosting. He was embarrassed by his delay because the dinner was for the parents of their daughter's boyfriend, whom he was meeting for the fi rst time.<br>"Honestly, I'm never this late," he offered, hoping to elicit some sympathy.<br>Trying to avoid saying more than he should, still he dropped some hints about what had happened at the meeting. "You know, I am not lying about how serious this situation is," Dimon told his slightly alarmed guests as he mixed himself a martini. "You're going to read about it tomorrow in the papers."<br>As he promised, Saturday's papers prominently featured the dramatic news to which he had alluded. Leaning against the kitchen counter, Dimon opened the Wall Street Journal and read the headline of its lead story: "Lehman Races Clock; Crisis Spreads."<br>Dimon knew that Lehman Brothers might not make it through the weekend. JP Morgan had examined its books earlier that week as a potential lender and had been unimpressed. He also had decided to request some extra collateral from the firm out of fear it might fall. In the next twenty four hours, Dimon knew, Lehman would either be rescued or ruined.<br>Knowing what he did, however, Dimon was concerned about more than just Lehman Brothers. He was aware that Merrill Lynch, another icon of Wall Street, was in trouble, too, and he had just asked his staff to make sure JP Morgan had enough collateral from that firm as well. And he was also acutely aware of new dangers developing at the global insurance giant American International Group (AIG) that so far had gone relatively unnoticed by the public-it was his firm's client, and they were scrambling to raise additional capital to save it. By his estimation AIG had only about a week to find a solution, or it, too, could falter
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