Bull by the Horns by Sheila Bair
Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself

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...Ms. Bair provides some straight talk that represents an important piece of history and a rebuttal to the conventional wisdom.
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“When Sheila Bair took over as head of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in 2006, the agency was probably better known for the ‘FDIC’ logo on the doors of the nation’s banks than for anything it did. Now Bair is at the center of the financial crisis, speeding the takeover of failing banks and pressing the mortgage industry to ease loan terms . . . winning praise from Democrats and Republicans.” —BLOOMBERG NEWS, October 3, 2008

Sheila Bair is widely acknowledged in government circles and the media as one of the first people to identify and accurately assess the subprime crisis. Appointed by George W. Bush as the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in 2006, she witnessed the origins of the financial crisis and in 2008 became—along with Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and Timothy Geithner—one of the key players trying to repair the damage to our economy. Bull by the Horns is her remarkable and refreshingly honest account of that contentious time and the struggle for reform that followed and continues to this day.

A level-headed, pragmatic figure with a clear focus on serving the public good, Bair was often one of the few women in the room during heated discussions about the economy. Despite her years of experience and her determination to rein in the private banks and Wall Street, she frequently found herself at odds with Geithner. She is withering in her assessment of some of Wall Street’s finest, and her narrative of Citibank’s attempted takeover of Wachovia is a stinging indictment of how regulators and the banks worked against the public interest at times to serve their own needs.

Bair is steadfast in her belief that the American public needs to fully understand the crisis in order to bring it to an end. Critical of the bank bailouts and the Can. $29.99 lax regulation that led to the economic crash, she provides a sober analysis as well as a practical plan for how we should move forward. She helps clear away the myths and half-truths about how we ran our economic engine into the ditch and tells us how we can help get our financial and regulatory systems back on track.

As The New Yorker said, “Bair has consistently stood out for her skepticism of Wall Street and for her eagerness to confront the big banks. A Kansas Republican, she has become an unlikely hero to economic liberals, who see her as the counterweight to the more Wall Street–centric view often ascribed to Timothy Geithner, the Treasury Secretary” (July 6, 2009).

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Sheila Bair is the former Chairman of the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation). She has been covered—and lauded—everywhere from The New Yorker to The Washington Post to The Wall Street Journal, and in 2008 and 2009 Forbes named her the second most powerful woman in the world. Prior to assuming her post at the FDIC, Bair served as assistant secretary for financial institutions at the US Department of the Treasury and as senior vice president for government relations of the New York Stock Exchange.
Published September 25, 2012 by Free Press. 432 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference, History, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by GRETCHEN MORGENSON on Oct 13 2012

...Ms. Bair provides some straight talk that represents an important piece of history and a rebuttal to the conventional wisdom.

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Reviewed by Daniel Aks on Oct 01 2012

Anyone who doubts that our financial system remains a combustible stew of greed, inadequate regulation and perverse incentives need look no further than “Bull by the Horns,”

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Seeking Alpha

Reviewed by Philip Mause on Oct 07 2012

This is an excellent and readable book giving the reader a very useful chronicle of a period of financial history which will be studied for generations.

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Naked Capitalism

Reviewed by Rajiv Sethi on Oct 16 2012

Bull by the Horns, is both a crisis narrative and a thoughtful reflection on economic institutions and policy...it’s the economic analysis that will constitute the more enduring contribution.

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Reviewed by Phillip Swagel on Oct 01 2012

Chairman Bair has justly received considerable praise for her...actions taken during the crisis. But her legacy will not be enhanced by this book's faulty recounting of this tumultuous time.

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