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The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-The Biggest Bank Failure in American History by Kirsten Grind
The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-The Biggest Bank Failure in American History

itpdx, February 1, 2014

Often when there is a complex news story that arrives in bits and pieces and is difficult to understand, I say that I will wait for the book to come out. This book may not be THE book about the financial crisis/recession that started in 2008 but it is an excellent introduction. Grind has put together an understandable and compelling account of the failure of Washington Mutual (WaMu) Bank. She paints vivid pictures of some of the personalities of involved, as well as the corporate culture of the bank.
And she leaves the reader to puzzle out what toxic blend of who’s ego, greed, or incompetence was the catalyst and why nobody seemed to able to right the ship.
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The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-The Biggest Bank Failure in American History by Kirsten Grind
The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual-The Biggest Bank Failure in American History

itpdx, February 1, 2014

Often when there is a complex news story that arrives in bits and pieces and is difficult to understand, I say that I will wait for the book to come out. This book may not be THE book about the financial crisis/recession that started in 2008 but it is an excellent introduction. Grind has put together an understandable and compelling account of the failure of Washington Mutual (WaMu) Bank. She paints vivid pictures of some of the personalities of involved, as well as the corporate culture of the bank.
And she leaves the reader to puzzle out what toxic blend of who’s ego, greed, or incompetence was the catalyst and why nobody seemed to able to right the ship.
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Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones
Mister Pip

itpdx, December 24, 2013

A little treasure. A story about where a book and your imagination can take you. The last white man in a village on a island of Papua New Guinea during a civil war that has isolated the village takes on teaching the children. Through the eyes of a thirteen year old girl in the village, the most successful lesson is the Mr. Watt's reading of Dicken's Great Expectations. But he also invites the adults of the village to share their knowledge and stories with the children. A book, imagination and the horror of war weave an amazing story.
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Tierra del Fuego by Francisco Coloane
Tierra del Fuego

itpdx, December 17, 2013

What a delightful collection of short stories. Coloane weaves tales of sheepherders, sailors, builders, gold miners and others set in southern Chile. Humor, suspense, bravery and craziness drive these wonderful stories of adventure in a beautiful, bleak and challenging part of the world.
The stories seem to be set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and provide some interesting history. Labor strikes, mining the beaches for gold using tidal hydraulics, the tenuous link of coaster steamers to isolated towns and outposts.
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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

itpdx, January 1, 2013

Wow! The story of an amazing and resilient man. And so well told! Hillenbrand brings us into the stadium of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the interior of a B-24 bomber limping back to base, a raft drifting across the Pacific, Japanese POW camps and the mental struggles of recovery.
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