For anyone who s wondered why the money men who caused the 2008 banking crisis ended up running U.S economic policy, a novel that seems too true to be fiction On a winter s night in 2007, a well heeled cultural consultant named Chauncey Suydam gets a call from the head of the world s most powerful investment bank, who says a financial crisis is brewing, but he has a plaFor anyone who s wondered why the money men who caused the 2008 banking crisis ended up running U.S economic policy, a novel that seems too true to be fiction On a winter s night in 2007, a well heeled cultural consultant named Chauncey Suydam gets a call from the head of the world s most powerful investment bank, who says a financial crisis is brewing, but he has a plan to insulate Wall Street from the fallout and keep people such as himself out of jail.His mission for Chauncey is simple to help funnel millions of dollars to a certain presidential candidate preaching hope and change, in exchange for a few Wall Street friendly names in the resultant administration.Yet as Chauncey wends his way amongst the nation s political elite, he sees with greater clarity than ever how decisions really get made on Wall Street and in Washington And as the magnitude of the fix he s perpetrating begins to sink in, he starts to have second thoughts But is it too late At once shocking and all too plausible, Fixers is a riveting political thriller by a master observer of finance and politics that despite being fiction offers a frighteningly reasonable explanation of what really might have happened in 2008.
Fixers For anyone who s wondered why the money men who caused the banking crisis ended up running U S economic policy a novel that seems too true to be fiction On a winter s night in a well heele
A possible and plausible explanation for why and how the American banksters and hedge fund managers responsible for the 2008 collapse are in fact richer than ever and spoiling for another crash and bailout Nearly everyone who voted for him expected the Obama administration to get busy with prosecutions and send the marauding mortgage defrauders to the slammer It still hasn t happened Instead Obama made those consummate Wall Street insiders, Timothy Geitner and Larry Summers, Sec of the Treasury [...]
This novel was a disappointment It was, in fact, hardly a novel at all, but rather a slightly fictionalized account of the events leading up to and following the Wall Street crisis of 2008 The book fails in almost everything it attempts.It fails as fiction, since the author largely recounts events, adding just a fictional company and character here and there Some real life figures are referred to by their real names, while others are given transparent pseudonyms Larry Summers becomes Harley Wint [...]
I enjoyed this book quite a bit This imagined political retelling of the financial crisis deserves stars than it has on for sure Some Wall Street people who read it didn t like it, likely because it hit too close to home Some general readers found it confusing, I suppose, and long But if you are as I am someone with a fascination for the time but no personal guilt, this is an excellent read.
The last section wasn t necessary And there was a section that was just rampant with typos that was kind of grating Overall, the story was interesting.
Fixers leaves a lot to be desired from a literary standpoint, but it s an ingenious fictional exercise that explains how and why the President decided to save Wall Street without putting any of the biggest culprits behind bars or extracting much of a penalty at all It s a roman a clef, but it s child s play to identify Summers and Geithner I wondered at the time why someone as smart as Obama referred to as OG would put those particular foxes in charge of the chicken coop Being bitterly disappoin [...]
I really wanted to like this book because the premise looked promising As someone who doesn t know much about the inner workings of economics and Wall Street, I had hoped to learn something about that particular area and the fact that this is thinly veiled as a fictional novel but based on real life people and events really caught my attention Even some of the earlier reviews looked good.The fact that this is described as a thriller mixed with real life politics and government corruption should [...]
Thinly veiled novel on the 2008 election and the machinations of Wall Street The cynic in me was not surprised by most of the revelations surrrounding TARP, but the idealistic part of me was quite troubled I recommend this to everyone.
so far so goodbut then again, the Fireman was so bad, almost anything would be better.A rather cynical hopeless review of where we are as a nation but ultimately I can t argue with the sentiment.An entertaining read for sure
Great first half Then just sinks into boring irrelevancies, ending with a big, dull thud after getting incredibly preachy The typos and misused words was also distracting, though I blame the publisher s proofreader for that.
Fixers wall street and politics novel.Great novel about the 2007 financial crisis and the election of Obama, it gripping and good paced Fully recommended for all.
Although it reads like a rough edit of a voice recorded narrative, the premise is pretty intriguing Who does run the country and how did Geitner and Paulson ever get their jobs in the first place
A great readAt times hard to remember this is fiction A very plausible alternative truth Liked the first person narrative Who does govern this country
Just couldn t get into this one Perhaps I ll revisit it in a few months.