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Chain of Blame
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Chain of Blame
How Wall Street Caused the Mortgage and Credit Crisis
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An updated and revised look at the truth behind America's housing and mortgage bubbles

In the summer of 2007, the subprime empire that Wall Street had built all came crashing down. On average, fifty lenders a month were going bust-and the people responsible for the crisis included not just unregulated loan brokers and con artists, but also investment bankers and home loan institutions traditionally perceived as completely trustworthy.

Chain of Blame chronicles this incredible disaster, with a specific focus on the players who participated in such a fundamentally flawed fiasco. In it, authors Paul Muolo and Mathew Padilla reveal the truth behind how this crisis occurred, including what individuals and institutions were doing during this critical time, and who is ultimately responsible for what happened.



  • Discusses the latest revelations in the housing and mortgage crisis, including the SEC's charging of Angelo Mozilo

  • Two well-regarded financial journalists familiar with the events that have taken place chronicle the crisis in detail, showing what happened as well as what lies ahead

  • Discusses how the world's largest investment banks, homeowners, lenders, credit rating agencies, underwriters, and investors all became entangled in the subprime mess



Intriguing and informative, Chain of Blame is a compelling story of greed and avarice, one in which many are responsible, but few are willing to admit their mistakes.

An updated and revised look at the truth behind America's housing and mortgage bubbles

In the summer of 2007, the subprime empire that Wall Street had built all came crashing down. On average, fifty lenders a month were going bust-and the people responsible for the crisis included not just unregulated loan brokers and con artists, but also investment bankers and home loan institutions traditionally perceived as completely trustworthy.

Chain of Blame chronicles this incredible disaster, with a specific focus on the players who participated in such a fundamentally flawed fiasco. In it, authors Paul Muolo and Mathew Padilla reveal the truth behind how this crisis occurred, including what individuals and institutions were doing during this critical time, and who is ultimately responsible for what happened.



  • Discusses the latest revelations in the housing and mortgage crisis, including the SEC's charging of Angelo Mozilo

  • Two well-regarded financial journalists familiar with the events that have taken place chronicle the crisis in detail, showing what happened as well as what lies ahead

  • Discusses how the world's largest investment banks, homeowners, lenders, credit rating agencies, underwriters, and investors all became entangled in the subprime mess



Intriguing and informative, Chain of Blame is a compelling story of greed and avarice, one in which many are responsible, but few are willing to admit their mistakes.

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  • Paul Muolo is Executive Editor of National Mortgage News--which won a Polk Award in 1990 for its reporting on the S&L crisis. His freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Barron's. Muolo has been a guest on numerous media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, ABC, and Fox Business Network.
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  • Introduction: Financial Ashes.

    Cast of Characters.

    Chapter 1 Angelo Speaks, the Worldwide Contagion Begins.

    Chapter 2 The Repo Man Meets the Bald Granny: A Short History of Subprime.

    Chapter 3 The Death of the Bailey Building and Loan, the Rise of Millionaire Loan Brokers and Countrywide.

    Chapter 4 The Beach Boys of B&C: How Roland Arnall Became the Johnny Appleseed of Subprime.

    Chapter 5 Angelo Rising: The Son of a Bronx Butcher Makes Good.

    Chapter 6 The Holy Roller of REITs.

    Chapter 7 The End of the (New) Century.

    Chapter 8 A Conspiracy by Merrill?

    Chapter 9 A Warning from Lewie: CDOs, SIVs, and Other Things No One Understands.

    Chapter 10 Deep in the Belly of the Bear.

    Chapter 11 Armageddon Times: The Tan Man Departs, Bye-Bye Bear.

    Chapter 12 What the Hell Happened? Ten Bad Years for Housing in America.

    Chapter 13 TARP, the Great Recession, and the Return of Stan Kurland.

    Afterword TBTF: A Mortgage Cartel Rises from the Ashes.

    Source and Interview Notes.

    Glossary.

    Acknowledgments.

    About the Authors.

    Index.

Reviews-
  • CEO Middle East, September 2008 "Muolo and Padilla examine just who was to blame for the crisis and find that it is not just cowboy operators."
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