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The 86 Biggest Lies on Wall Streetby John Talbott
Synopses & Reviews
“Talbott is an oracle with a track record: His previous books predicted the collapse of both the housing bubble and the tech-stock binge before it.”—Bloomberg.com
“Talbott gives fiscal politics a shot of excitement and, yes, hope.”—Publishers Weekly
Investors and citizens around the world realize, as never before, that we were misled—lied to—about the stability of our financial system. But what now?
The 86 Biggest Lies on Wall Street exposes the lies and then exposes us to the truth of what it will take to rebuild our economy. As a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs, John R. Talbott knows firsthand how the financial system operates and how to fix it. As the “oracle” who predicted the housing crisis in his 2003 book, The Coming Housing Crisis, and called the election for Obama when the senator from Illinois was still the underdog (Obamanomics), Talbott’s revelations about how Wall Street really works are as clear-eyed and undeniable as his predictions and recommendations for our economic future are tough, sensible, and exciting. We may ignore them at our peril.
John R. Talbott is the author of six previous books on economics and politics, including, most recently, Obamanomics: How Botton-Up Economic Prosperity Will Replace Trickle-Down Economics and Contagion: The Financial Epidemic That is Sweeping the Global Economy . . . and How to Protect Yourself from It. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Buzzflash.com, and Alternet, and he has appeared as a commentator on CNN, Fox, CNBC, CBS, and MSNBC.
"Former Goldman Sachs investment banker Talbott (Obamanomics) delivers a tightly written analysis of the financial crisis that while sufficiently credible and engaging, adds little to the conversation. Talbott launches a tirade against prevalent myths conveniently categorized as 'Stock Investing Lies,' 'Lies About the Global Economy,' etc. He summarily attacks the U.S. government, lobbyists, the media, Alan Greenspan and Henry Paulson, and pronounces the entire global banking system insolvent. Despite some bravado behind these sweeping claims, many of his assertions are convincing — the roots of the collapse of our economy are a lack of regulation, conflicts of interest between business and government and a preponderance of lying and cheating. Talbott sometimes stumbles (e.g., stating that companies that make addictive products are not good investments even when they consistently outperform other sectors) and while he promises to offer real solutions, he provides ideas that will win few fans, such as allowing the economy to contract, creating new bankruptcy processes to deal with the corporate fallout and permitting the government to inflate the currency. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Talbott, an author and former investment banker, exposes many of the common myths and misperceptions about the current financial crisis for the benefit of general readers who are concerned about future investments. The author groups these 86 "lies" into categories that dispel the reported causes of the economic downturn, the recommended investment strategies, the solutions for ending the crisis, the stated impact on global economies, and the role of government regulation. A concluding chapter reveals Talbott's specific recommendations for full recovery and widespread Wall Street reform such as complete transparency and dissolution of the credit default swap market. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Talbott, a former investment banker, exposes the lies that led to Wall Street's--and America's--financial crisis and then exposes the truth of what it will take to rebuild the economy.
Best-selling author and former investment banker John R. Talbott exposes the biggest myths about investing and the financial crisis.
How strong was the American economy going into the present crisis? How strong will it be a year from now? How about five years from now? Investors and citizens around the world realize, as never before, that we were misled—lied to—about the stability of our financial system. But what now?
John R. Talbott's ingenious new book, The 86 Biggest Lies on Wall Street, exposes the lies and then exposes us to the truth of what it will take to rebuild our economy. As a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Talbott knows firsthand how the financial system operates and what it will take to fix it. As the "oracle" who predicted the housing crisis in his 2003 book, The Coming Crash in the Housing Market, warned of a global banking crisis in his 2006 book, Sell Now, and called the election for Obama when the senator from Illinois was still the underdog in Obamanomics, Talbott' s revelations about how the Street and the economy really work are as clear-eyed and undeniable as his predictions and recommendations for our economic future are tough, sensible and exciting. We may ignore them at our own peril.
What will people be talking about in years to come? To find out, read John Talbott now.
About the Author
A former investment banker for Goldman Sachs, JOHN R. TALBOTT is the author of seven books on economics and politics, including The Coming Crash of the Housing Market, Obamanomics, Contagion, and The 86 Biggest Lies on Wall Street. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, CNBC, CBS Marketwatch and written for the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the Boston Globe.
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