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Detailed, well portrayed but partisan

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-03-11

A strongly researched and detailed, realistic portrayal of events. Yet its quite spoiled by Bianco's strongly partisan depiction about one of the main players involved in the HP spygate episode. Even the protagonist's past is shown in favorable light. While this may be deserving, Bianco could have done well to give the positive aspects and leave the final verdict to his readers. Narration is too fast and at times very dull. Book could have been a bit longer (12/13hrs) to give listener time to digest narration. Serious readers such as myself would not mind the longer time.

A good listen, well researched.

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-02-11

The book comprehensively covers the crisis - causes, origin, events, fallout and possible future outcomes. The last aspect is slightly overdone - highly cynical/negative expectations. The crisis is unprecedented but follow-on collapses in other asset classes, though quite reasoned is perhaps improbable. These were my thoughts after listening to the book in Mar 2009. Thus far, my opinion seems correct. A great listen to understand the crisis.

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