In 2009, Kirsten Grind wrote a series of investigative articles about Washington Mutual for the Puget Sound Business Journal in Seattle. WaMu had collapsed in September 2008 during the financial crisis, marking the largest bank failure in U.S. history. The stories later received a Pulitzer finalist citation and won numerous other national awards. Grind then spent the next two years interviewing hundreds of people and digging through thousands of documents for The Lost Bank, the first book to be written about WaMu's failure. It is written as a narrative, so that even those with little interest in banks or finance can understand (and relate to) one of America's greatest financial catastrophes. Grind is now a reporter for The Wall Street Journal in New York.