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From left: Alistair Darling, Christine Lagarde and Tim Geithner talk following a 2009 G-7 meeting at the Istanbul Congress Center

On the weekend of 13th-14th September 2008, the heads of international finance struggled to find a buyer for Lehman Brothers. Without one, it would fail. For a moment it looked as if Barclays, the British bank, would buy Lehman. But that deal never went through, blocked by authorities in…

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