The Foreclosure of America

The Foreclosure of America

The Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Countrywide Home Loans, the Mortgage Crisis, and the Default of the American Dream

Book - 2009
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From Countrywide's former Senior VP of Marketing, the first engrossing inside look at Countrywide Home Loans, how the mortgage crisis started - and where it may end.

In July 2004, Adam Michaelson entered 'The Vault' - an underground bunker at Countrywide headquarters - for a meeting about a new loan product that would allow borrowers to pay less than their minimum monthly payment. After the 'finance jocks' proudly made their case, Michaelson asked one question- 'Are you nuts ?' Countrywide's decision-makers believed these new exotic loans were 'worth the risk.' The booming housing market would only get bigger, with ever-increasing home values supporting homeowners in a never-ending cycle of borrowing against the virtual value of their homes and refinancing later. They were dead wrong.

With both an insider's knowledge and thorough reporting on the ripple effects on American families and the economy, this fascinating, witty, and wide-ranging book not only examines the morality of a career spent marketing mirages and the market forces that destroyed a company, but addresses the question that everyone is asking- can corporations serve the public good and profit at the same time? Most importantly, it offers creative thinking on how to prevent such a meltdown from ever happening again.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780425227411
Branch Call Number: 332. 3 MIC
Characteristics: xiv, 354 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jan 30, 2014

The spinmeister, Michaelson, spins in book form.
// But no data, no textbook, no chart can ever illustrate the human aspects of what causes bubbles, and provide the first-hand account of the thinking--the flavor of those moments--from within those conference rooms at that point in history. \\
Bulltwacky: Simply read the following two books:
Chain of Title, by David Dayen
Wall Street Capitalism: the theory of the bondholding class, by E. Ray Canterbery
It's all perfectly understandable there!
[And all those fraudclosures, and wars recently, can be summed up in three words: inflating financial assets!]

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