"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."
The 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 policymakers in Washington take it with them on vacation this month."
The 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)."
"Bailout Nation′s straightforward, compelling account puts the crisis in context, explains why the U.S. 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. Anyone interested in understanding the roots of our current crisis should check out this book."
Freakonomics, The New York Times blog
Introduction Bailout Nation.
PART I A BRIEF HISTORY OF BAILOUTS.
Chapter 1 A Brief History of Bailouts.
Chapter 2 The Creation of the Federal Reserve, and Its Role in Creating Our Bailout Nation.
Chapter 3 Pre–Bailout Nation (1860 1942).
Chapter 4 Industrial–Era Bailouts (1971 1995).
Intermezzo A Pattern Emerges.
PART II THE MODERN ERA OF BAILOUTS.
Chapter 5 Stock Market Bailouts (1987–1995).
Chapter 6 The Irrational Exuberance Era (1996–1999).
Chapter 7 The Tech Wreck (2000–2003).
Chapter 8 The Backwards, Rate–Driven Economy.
Intermezzo A Brief History of Finance and Credit.
Chapter 9 The Mad Scramble for Yield.
PART III MARKET FAILURE.
Chapter 10 The Machinery of Subprime.
Intermezzo A Memo Found in the Street: Uncle Sam the Enabler.
Chapter 11 Radical Deregulation, Nonfeasance.
Chapter 12 Strange Connections, Unintended Consequences.
Chapter 13 Moral Hazard: Why Bailouts Cause Future Problems.
PART IV BAILOUT NATION.
Chapter 14 2008: Suicide by Democracy.
Chapter 15 The Fall of Bear Stearns.
Chapter 16 Dot–Com Penis Envy.
Chapter 17 Year of the Bailout, Part I: The Notorious AIG.
Chapter 18 The Year of the Bailout, Part II: Too Big to Succeed?
Intermezzo Idiots Fiddle While Rome Burns.
PART V POST–BAILOUT NATION.
Chapter 19 Casting Blame.
Chapter 20 Misplaced Fault.
Chapter 21 The Virtues of Foreclosure.
Chapter 22 Casino Capitalism.
Postscript Advice to a New President.