When the banks failed, stock market tanked, and the TARP money rolled out in the last months of the Bush administration, books on the topic were right behind. But even when those books weren't facile in their analysis, they were generally lacking in the one thing that makes for a compelling read: a good narrative that cuts to the heart of the problem. Without a coherent presentation of the central issues, reading about credit default swaps and mortgage valuation formulas can be a little daunting.
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