Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street
In this riveting account of the mishandling of the TARP bailout fund, a former federal prosecutor offers behind-the-scenes proof of the corrupt ways Washington officials serve the interests of Wall Street.
In this bracing, page-turning account of his stranger-than-fiction baptism into the corrupted ways of Washington, Neil Barofsky offers an irrefutable insider indictment of the mishandling of the $700 billion TARP bailout fund. During the height of the financial crisis in 2008, Barofsky gave up his job in the esteemed US Attorney’s Office in New York City to become the special inspector general overseeing the spending of the bailout money. But from day one his efforts to protect against fraud and to hold the big banks accountable were met with outright hostility from Treasury officials. Bailout is a riveting account of Barofsky’s plunge into the political meat grinder of Washington, and a vital revelation of just how captured by Wall Street our political system is and why the banks have only become bigger and more dangerous in the wake of the crisis.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - branjohb - LibraryThing
Here is another one of those books that I put in the category as a tell all, shameless commercial exploitation. The author worked for the government during the bailouts so he decided to write a book ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BruceCoulson - LibraryThing
The ultimate insider account of what exactly happened during the much vaunted 'bailout' of major financial institutions. Barofsky was appointed as a watchdog of the government agency that distributed funds; Neil's account of what happened is at once hilarious, sobering, and infuriating. Read full review
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