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Paying the price of finance

Three books, three different views on the financial crisis. But what is clear is that changing the system will take time—and that our best hope is simplicity

By Jonathan Ford   May 2010

Some of the 13 bankers who asked Obama for help: where are they all now?

13 Bankers by Simon Johnson and James Kwak (Pantheon, £17.48)

The Big Short by Michael Lewis (Allen Lane, £25)

Whoops! by John Lanchester (Allen Lane, £20)

In March 2009, 13 bankers went to the White House to ask President Obama for help. Among them were the chief executives of America’s biggest financial firms: Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley. The banking system was still in crisis, the shares of many institutions were at dangerous lows. The bankers got what they wanted. Obama,…

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