Inside Job

The Financiers Who Pulled Off the Heist of the Century

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About The Book

The definitive big picture on the financial crisis, from the man behind the Oscar-winning documentary that exposed the workings of the new economic elite

Based on explosive interviews, court documents and corporate archives, Inside Job traces in gripping detail how decades of deregulation gave birth to a predator nation, with power players cycling through positions in government, academia and Wall Street – and continuing to do so even in the wake of the global financial crisis. With stunning clarity, Charles Ferguson delivers an uncompromising accounting of how a new economic oligarchy has wrested control of our politics and the prospects for real recovery.

About The Author

Charles Ferguson won an Oscar in 2011 for Inside Job, his documentary on the financial crisis, and was an Oscar nominee for his first documentary, No End In Sight, on the war in Iraq. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT, and has been a technology policy consultant to the White House and the Office of the US Trade Representative, as well as to leading technology companies including Apple, IBM, and Texas Instruments. He was the co-founder of Vermeer Technologies, which invented the web tool Front Page, later sold to Microsoft. A former visiting scholar at MIT and Berkeley, he has also been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. He has written four books, and is a life member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a director of the French-American Foundation.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (June 1, 2012)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781780740720

Raves and Reviews

'This take-no-prisoners account of the financial crisis follows the money, connects the dots, names names, and asks the questions our leaders still refuse to answer: how have those responsible for the crisis not been held accountable, and how can we make sure it doesn’t happen again?'

– Arianna Huffington - Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post

'I was totally gripped and have sat up in bed every night reading [Inside Job] until my eyes just couldn’t stay open any more. I liked the film, and the book is even better... you have to read this book.'

– Financial Times

'A fierce indictment.'

– Nouriel Roubini - Professor at New York University and author of Crisis Economics

'This take-no-prisoners account of the financial crisis follows the money, connects the dots, names names….'

– Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post

'He’s clever, he’s funny, he doesn’t pull punches... If only righteous fury were always this enjoyable.' 

– Guardian

'One of the outstanding journalistic achievements of the past decade.'

– Daily Mail on the film Inside Job

'Ferguson presents a fierce indictment of predatory activities of parts of the financial system and of the corruption of democracy that ‘big money’ financial lobbying has caused. A book well worth reading regardless of whether you fully agree or not with all of its arguments.'

– Kirkus Reviews

'As gripping as any thriller.'

– The Guardian

'One of the outstanding journalistic achievements of the past decade.'

– Daily Mail

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