About the Book
The Weekend That Changed Wall Street
Maria Bartiromo with Catherine Whitney, authors
During a single historic weekend (September 12-14, 2008) the fate of Lehman Brothers was sealed, Merrill Lynch barely survived, AIG became a ward of the federal government, and the roots of our seemingly strong economy teetered on the edge of collapse. At the center of it all and covering every high-stakes twist and turn of those critical days and their aftermath was CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo, perhaps the best known face of Wall Street. In The Weekend That Changed Wall Street, Bartiromo writes a behind-the-scenes play-by-play of the crash to show hour by suspenseful hour how the entire global financial system unraveled.
Due to her remarkable access, Maria was the eyewitness who saw history in the making and probed to find the disastrous truth that once solid companies were hiding. The book's gripping narrative comes alive with vivid excerpts of Maria's live interviews during the crash with such major players as former treasury secretary Henry Paulson, former AIG chairman Hank Greenberg, former CEO of Bear Stearns Alan Schwartz, former Lehman Brothers CFO Erin Callan, former Countrywide Financial chairman Angelo Mozilo, and many others.
Writing with both authority and dramatic flair, Bartiromo weaves a thrilling narrative that provides a big picture account of how greed, poor planning, and dog-eat-dog competition led to one of the worst financial crises in history.
Catherine Whitney is a New York writer who has co-authored many books on politics and business.