Too Big to Fail

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Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves

In one of the most engrossing financial narratives of all time, Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first conclusive blow-by-blow account of the seminal economic crisis that drove the world to the brink. Through unparalleled access to the key players involved, Sorkin recounts all the drama and chaos of these turbulent times. He exposes never-before-disclosed details and unfolds how ego and greed motivate the most powerful players in finance and politics in deciding the fate of the world's economy.

“Comprehensive and chilling.”


“. . . His action scenes are intimate and engaging.” 

The New Yorker 

“Sorkin’s prodigious reporting and lively writing put the reader in the room for some of the biggest-dollar conference calls in history. It’s an entertaining book, brisk book . . . Sorkin skillfully captures the raucous enthusiasm and riotous greed that fueled this rational irrationality.”

The New York Times Book Review 

“Brings the drama alive with unusual inside access and compelling detail . . . A deeply researched account of the financial meltdown." 


“Meticulously researched . . . told brilliantly. Other blow-by-blow accounts are in the works. It is hard to imagine them being this riveting.”

The Economist 

“Sorkin’s densely detailed and astonishing narrative of the epic financial crisis of 2008 is an extraordinary achievement that will be hard to surpass as the definitive account . . . as a dramatic close-up, his book is hard to beat.”

Financial Times 

“Sorkin’s book, like its author, is a phenom . . . an absolute tour de force.”

The American Prospect 

“Andrew Ross Sorkin pens what may be the definitive history of the banking crisis.”

The Atlantic Monthly 

“Andrew Ross Sorkin has written a fascinating, scene-by-scene saga of the eyeless trying to march the clueless through Great Depression II.”

Tom Wolfe 

“Sorkin has succeeded in writing the book of the crisis, with amazing levels of detail and access.” 


“Sorkin can write. His storytelling makes Liar’s Poker look like a children’s book.”

SNL Financial