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Fatal Risk by Roddy Boyd

Fatal Risk

Boyd’s version of the truth favours cock-up over conspiracy to such a degree that some really tricky questions are not even asked – such as the composition of some of the complex products Goldman and others got AIG to insure and whether they were really designed for investors or people betting against them. — Read the complete FT review

Synopsis

From the collapse of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, the subject of the financial crisis has been well covered. However, the story central to the crisis-that of AIG-has until now remained largely untold. Fatal Risk: A Cautionary Tale of AIG’s Corporate Suicide tells the inside story of what really went on inside AIG that caused it to choke on risk and nearly brining down the entire economic system. The book

  • Reveals inside information available nowhere else, including the personal notes and records of key players such as the former Chairman of AIG, Hank Greenberg

  • Takes readers behind the scenes at the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

  • Details how an understanding of risk built AIG, but a disdain for government regulators led to a run-in with New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer

Fatal Risk is the comprehensive and compelling true story of the company at the center of the financial storm and how it nearly caused the entire economic system to collapse.