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The Great American Housing Bubble: The Road to Collapse Hardcover – February 18, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0313382284 ISBN-10: 031338228X Edition: 1st
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• Details the causes of the American housing bubble of 1940–2007

• Addresses the questions and concerns of a very wide audience struggling to comprehend the dramatic implosion of the world's strongest economy and most secure banking and financial system

• Challenges conventional wisdom on the role of governmental regulation in the current crisis

• Examines and synthesizes the interlocking components of the financial system whose cumulative failure to manage risk endangered the financial security of millions

• Extracts from major legislation—federal, state, and local—that promoted the creation of the housing bubble

• An introductory essay illuminating the broad features of Western capitalism and the financial and government institutions that have evolved to promote and regulate it, notably in the United States

• A detailed chronology orienting readers to the sequence and context of events

• A glossary of important financial and regulatory terms and terms used by those in the housing industry

• An appendix of governmental agencies and private institutions and think tanks involved in various aspects of the financial crisis

• A bibliography listing hundreds of sources, from articles and periodicals to books and treatises

Book Description

Financial bubbles have at least two things in common: they have always existed, and they always burst. The recent collapse of the American housing market points to our failure to learn the policy lessons laid out in the onset and resolution of previous bubbles. Is more government regulation the answer—or was such regulation part of the problem?


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