All That Glitters: The Fall of Barings

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Penguin Books Limited, Dec 1, 2011 - Business & Economics - 400 pages
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The definitive, classic account of the fall of the House of Baring and the ultimate rogue trader Nick Leeson.

John Gapper, Associate Editor of the Financial Times, and his co-author Nicholas Denton, now founder of Gawker Media, interviewed all the major players involved in the collapse of one of England's oldest banks.

All That Glitters reveals the faustian deal struck between the whizz-kid traders who seemed to be bringing in huge profits and the grandies who were happy to pocket them without asking too many questions. For the first time, the actions and motives of all the participants are explained, including the final days when politicians and bankers made a last-ditch attempt to save the bank, as well as Nick Leeson's actions and motives.

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About the author (2011)

John Gapper is Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor of the Financial Times. His awards include Business Commentator of the Year at the 2011 Editorial Intelligence Awards and Best Columnist in the 2011 Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards. He was named one of GQ's 100 most influential men in Britain in 2009. He studied at Oxford University and the Wharton School. He is author of How To Be A Rogue Trader (a Penguin Short ebook), as well as a financial novel to be published by Random House US in 2012. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, the novelist Rosie Dastgir, and their two daughters.

Nick Denton is founder of Gawker Media and Managing Editor of He was previously a writer for the Financial Times.

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