Andrew Ross Sorkin is a New York Times financial columnist, the editor of Dealbook, a popular financial blog, and most recently, the author of Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System -- And Themselves. The book, which details the fall of Lehman Brothers and the subsequent government bailouts, debuted at No. 4 on the New York Times bestseller list.
LESLEY: Andrew, let me ask you straightaway about what you learned in writing this impressive book. You interviewed virtually every major player on Wall Street and in the government crisis. How big of a mistake was it that Washington let Lehman Brothers fail?