Meltdown Iceland: How The Global Financial Crisis Bankupted An Entire Country Roger Boyes

ISBN: 9781408803080

Published: March 1st 2010

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244 pages


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Meltdown Iceland: How The Global Financial Crisis Bankupted An Entire Country  by  Roger Boyes

Meltdown Iceland: How The Global Financial Crisis Bankupted An Entire Country by Roger Boyes
March 1st 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 244 pages | ISBN: 9781408803080 | 5.43 Mb

The compelling and authoritative story of the financial destruction of Iceland--a saga that mirrors, in microcosm, the forces that caused the global economic crisis. The economic crisis that emerged in America in 2008 unleashed a veritable epidemicMoreThe compelling and authoritative story of the financial destruction of Iceland--a saga that mirrors, in microcosm, the forces that caused the global economic crisis.

The economic crisis that emerged in America in 2008 unleashed a veritable epidemic of ill health around the world. However it was Iceland, whose population of three hundred thousand had the worlds highest GDP per capita and counted itself the happiest of countries, that caught the worst cold.

It has nearly killed them.No story from the economic crisis of 2008 is more evocative than I celands. The names may be unfamiliar--Johanesson, Bjoergolfsson, Oddsson--but their exuberance, greed, and miscalculation have many counterparts on our shores. And however traumatic the collapse of individual companies may be in the United States, in Icelands case an entire country melted down. All the wealth accumulated in the previous decade--during which a new breed of Icelanders had dared to believe they could compete economically on an international level, during which Reykjavik became the Capital of Cool--disappeared practically overnight.

Icelands story shows how closely the world economy is interconnected: The default on subprime mortgages in the U .S. led to the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which led directly to the run on Icelands banks, which forced local authorities in Britain to switch off the heating in their classrooms.With panache and color, Roger Boyes tells the inside story of the bankrupting of I celand: how it happened, the human dramas--from politicians to financiers to fishermen--that continue to swirl around it, and the lessons we can not ignore.

Published on the first anniversary of its collapse, Meltdown Iceland is a cautionary tale for our times, an authoritative and compelling account of the financial destruction of a tiny country whose saga should resonate for us all.



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