The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System (Paperback)
The ongoing tumult in financial markets and the global economy began when some of our most esteemed financial institutions, our government, and even average citizens abdicated their collective responsibilities, eventually selling out investors and selling off the American Dream itself.
From critically acclaimed investigative journalist and CNBC personality Charles Gasparino comes a sweeping examination of the most volatile, anxiety-ridden era in our nation's socioeconomic history. The winner of the 2009 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for Books, The Sellout traces the recent implosion of the financial services business back to its roots in the late 1970s, when Wall Street embraced a new business model predicated on enormous risk. Gasparino reveals a startling trail of culpabilityfrom the government bureaucrats who crafted housing policies to the Wall Street firms that underwrote and invested in risky debt, to the mortgage sellers who indiscriminately handed out loans, and finally to the homeowners who thought they could afford mansions on blue-collar wages.
About the Author
Charles Gasparino is a senior correspondent for Fox Business Network, a columnist for the Daily Beast and the New York Post, and a freelance writer for Forbes and other publications. Previously, he was the on-air editor for CNBC and wrote for Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Blood on the Street, which was listed by Barron's as one of the Best Business Books of 2005, and King of the Club, which Library Journal named one of the Best Business Books of 2007.
Praise for The Sellout: How Three Decades of Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed the Global Financial System…
“[A] splendid account of the financial meltdown.”
-Wall Street Journal
The most comprehensive anecdotal account to date of the crisis.... Gasparino cuts his way through Wall Street rhetoric and in the process uncovers in considerable detail how blind profit-making ambition led to the destruction of the markets.
-New York Review of Books
“Gasparino has consistently broken news on some of the biggest financial scandals of recent years, including the fall of Martha Stewart, Henry Blodget, and Jack Grubman. As anyone who reads the business pages knows, Charlie is one of the best reporters in the field.”
-Mark Whitaker, former editor, Newsweek
“Gasparino describes, in page-turning detail, a Wall Street world of ruthless financial titans.… No collection of courtroom documents will ever tell the story…as well as Mr. Gasparino does.”
-Wall Street Journal, on King of the Club
“A tough outsider willing to go to battle with anyone--colleague or contact-in pursuit of the story.”
“An especially aggressive reporter.”
“Gasparino is credited with breaking some of the more titillating tales of Wall Street misconduct.”
-New York Post
“Born in the Bronx to a construction worker and a housewife, Gasparino has risen from his working-class roots to become one of the most influential business reporters at work today.”
“Charles Gasparino sees the guts of Wall Street and the wreckage it leaves behind, day in and day out.”
-San Antonio Express-News