Broken Bargain: Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street

Kathleen Day (Author)
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Yale University Press
Publish Date
January 08, 2019
6.4 X 1.3 X 9.3 inches | 1.75 pounds
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About the Author

Kathleen Day worked for thirty years as a business journalist with the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today before joining the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School as a professor of financial crises in 2013. She lives in Washington, DC.


"The collapse of the savings and loan industry in the 1980s, the Enron debacle, Charlie Keating's junk bonds, the Great Recession: All, by Day's well-defended account, are of a piece, showing once again, as if proof were needed, that history teaches only that humans do not learn from history. A fluent if dispiriting study of an economic system that forgives those at the top so long as those at the bottom remain willing to foot the bill."--Kirkus Reviews
"An engaging analysis . . . Day clearly presents complex financial arrangements to explain what led to the crises and how government and bankers responded. The section on the S & L crisis is excellent."--CHOICE magazine
"An engaging analysis."--R. M. Hyser, Choice
"Day has written a sweeping account of financial calamities. She shows how often we've been wracked by crises, and how quickly we forget why, setting up the next one. Buckle in."--Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics
"Kathleen Day provides a panoramic and insightful analysis of financial booms and crashes that have shaped our nation's history. She demonstrates that loose credit and weak regulation have played key roles in promoting every speculative boom since the 1920s. Her book is required reading for everyone who wants to understand how to prevent the next financial crisis."--Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr., George Washington University Law School

"An essential narrative of the regulatory cycles that predate financial crises, Broken Bargain offers an important lesson in the dangers of amnesia as Washington once again embarks on deregulation, repeating the mistakes of the past."--Sheila Bair, founding Chair of the Systemic Risk Council and former Chair of the FDIC