House of Cards by William D. Cohan audiobook

House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street

By William D. Cohan
Read by Alan Sklar

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In March 2008, Bear Stearns, a swashbuckling eighty-four-year-old financial institution, was forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for an outrageously low price in a deal brokered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was desperately trying to prevent the impending catastrophic market crash. But mere months before, an industry-wide boom had "the Bear" clocking a record high stock price. How did a giant investment bank with $18 billion in cash on hand disappear in a mere ten days? In this tour de force, Cohan provides a minute-by-minute account of the events that brought America's second Gilded Age to an end. Filled with intimate portraits of the major players, high-end gossip, and smart financial analysis, House of Cards recounts in delicious narrative form the dramatic events behind the fall of Bear Stearns and what it revealed about the financial world's progression from irrational boom to cataclysmic bust. House of Cards is the Rosetta Stone for understanding the dramatic and the unprecedented events that have reshaped Wall Street and global finance in the past two years.

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Summary

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A 2009 Time Magazine Best Book in Business

A New York Times bestseller

Finalist for the 2010 Audie Award for Best Business/Educational Narration

In March 2008, Bear Stearns, a swashbuckling eighty-four-year-old financial institution, was forced to sell itself to JPMorgan Chase for an outrageously low price in a deal brokered by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was desperately trying to prevent the impending catastrophic market crash. But mere months before, an industry-wide boom had "the Bear" clocking a record high stock price. How did a giant investment bank with $18 billion in cash on hand disappear in a mere ten days? In this tour de force, Cohan provides a minute-by-minute account of the events that brought America's second Gilded Age to an end. Filled with intimate portraits of the major players, high-end gossip, and smart financial analysis, House of Cards recounts in delicious narrative form the dramatic events behind the fall of Bear Stearns and what it revealed about the financial world's progression from irrational boom to cataclysmic bust. House of Cards is the Rosetta Stone for understanding the dramatic and the unprecedented events that have reshaped Wall Street and global finance in the past two years.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

[A] fascinating tale. The Wall Street Journal
“Fascinating.” Wall Street Journal
“A riveting blow-by-blow account.” Economist (London)
“Cohen’s autopsy uncovers all the symptoms of a walking disaster.” Newsweek
“This volume turns complex Wall Street maneuverings into high drama that is gripping—and almost immediately comprehensible—to the lay reader…Mr. Cohan writes with an insider’s knowledge of the workings of Wall Street, a reporter’s investigative instincts, and a natural storyteller’s narrative command…makes for riveting, edge-of-the-seat reading.” New York Times
“An authoritative, blow-by-blow account of the collapse of Bear Stearns.” Washington Post
“Cohan vividly documents the mix of arrogance, greed, recklessness, and pettiness that took down the eighty-six-year-old brokerage house and then the entire economy. It’s a page-turner…offering both a seemingly comprehensive understanding of the business and wide access to insiders…Hard to put down.” Bloomberg Businessweek
“Masterfully reported…[Cohan] does a brilliant job of sketching in the eccentric, vulgar, greedy, profane, and coarse individuals who ignored all these warnings to their own profit and the ruin of so many others.” Los Angeles Times
“Cohan’s epic account chronicles a watershed moment in Wall Street history.” Boston Globe
“Alan Sklar is the perfect narrator for conveying the tough vernacularism of these (almost entirely) male voices. The cast is large, hard to keep track of, and through the book’s long first part—a ‘minute-by-minute’ reconstruction of the collapse—each voice recounts a variation on the same basic epiphany: ‘We’re finished.’ The voices merge into one, and what comes across most distinctly is Sklar’s rendition of the Wall Street personality: brusque, cynical, assured to the point of arrogance—the voice of hubris. Finalist for the Audie Award.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: William D. Cohan

Author Bio: William D. Cohan

William D. Cohan is the author of the New York Times bestsellers House of Cards and The Last Tycoons, which won the 2007 FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, has a weekly opinion column in Bloomberg View, and writes frequently for Fortune, the Atlantic, Art News, BusinessWeek, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Irish Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. He also is a contributing editor on Bloomberg Television and a frequent on-air contributor to MSNBC, CNN and CNBC. A former investment banker, he is a graduate of Duke University, Columbia University School of Journalism, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 25.29
Audience: Adult
Language: English