A First-Class Catastrophe

The Road to Black Monday, the Worst Day in Wall Street History
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Product Number: DD32613
Released: Sep 19, 2017
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ISBN: #9781538434246
Narrator/s: Gabra Zackman
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The definitive account of the crash of 1987, a cautionary tale of how the US financial system nearly collapsed-from the bestselling author of The Wizard of LiesMonday, October 19, 1987, was by far the worst day in Wall Street history. The market fell 22.6 percent-almost twice as bad as the worst day of 1929-equal to a one-day loss of nearly 5,000 points today.Black Monday was more than seven years in the making and threatened nearly every US financial institution. Drawing on superlative archival research and dozens of original interviews, Diana B. Henriques weaves a tale of missed opportunities, market delusions, and destructive actions that stretched from the "silver crisis" of 1980 to turf battles in Washington, a poisonous rivalry between the New York Stock Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and the almost-fatal success of two California professors whose idea for reducing market risk spun terribly out of control. As the story hurtles forward, the players struggle to forestall a looming market meltdown, and unexpected heroes step in to avert total disaster.For thirty years, investors, regulators, and bankers have failed to heed the lessons of 1987, even as the same patterns have resurfaced, most spectacularly in the financial crisis of 2008. A First-Class Catastrophe offers a new way of looking not only at the past, but at our financial future as well.

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Author(s): Diana B. Henriques
Narrator(s): Gabra Zackman
Product Number Z100106981
Released: Sep 19, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781538434284
Author(s): Diana B. Henriques
Product Number EB00699927
Released: Sep 19, 2017
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
ISBN: #9781627791656

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