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And Then the Roof Caved in


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Acknowledgments. Prologue "On the Verge". Chapter 1 Bubble to Bubble. Greenspan's Shock and Awe. Houses Built on Cow Dung. Chapter 2 Home Sweet Home. Opening Doors. An Industry Is Born. Subprime Returns. Chapter 3 The Subprime Machine. From Delivering Pizza to Delivering Mortgages. Living the Dream. Diving into Deep Trouble. Chapter 4 Eyes Wide Shut. A Warning Unheeded. A Dream No More. Chapter 5 The Great Enabler. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Hit the Scene. Fannie and Freddie Get a Timeout. Wall Street Takes Over. A Tsunami of Mortgages. From Ownit to Out of It. Back from the Grave. Chapter 6 Complicity. Moody's the Money Maker. Repeat Customers. Chapter 7 The Securitization from Hell. The Making of a CDO. Tough to Kill. Turning ?Crap into Triple-A?. From CDS to CDO. Insanity Sets In. Chapter 8 Narvik and Me. CDOs: An American Export. The Truth Revealed?But Does It Matter? Chapter 9 Mortgaging Merrill?s Future. Climbing Out of Poverty. A Strong Start. The Secret Weapon. Raking It In. Taking Big Risks. Chapter 10 A House of Cards. Digging for Gold. Building a Case. The Investment of a Lifetime. Chapter 11 And Then the Roof Caved In. The Wheels Coming Off. The Call. A Crisis Begins. The CDO Blues. Lights Out. Epilogue. A Note on Sources. Resources from CNBC. Index.

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David Faber, an Emmy, Peabody, and duPont Award winner, is the anchor and coproducer of CNBC's acclaimed original documentaries and long-form programming as well as a contributor to CNBC's Squawk on the Street. He has been reporting on Wall Street and corporate America for over twenty-two years, sixteen of them as the foremost reporter at CNBC. Faber has broken numerous stories including the massive fraud at WorldCom and News Corp.'s hostile bid for Dow Jones. He was a founding member of CNBC's signature morning show, Squawk Box. Faber also blogs at


"David Faber is known as one of the cooler heads on financial news channel CNBC? True to his reputation, calm prevails through most of the book... Faber explains rather than rants about these mortgages, as well as securitizations and bogus credit ratings, making the case that greed and stupidity caused the financial crisis?" ?Lisa Von Ahn, Reuters a" fantastic book on the housing meltdown . . . ?The Motley Fool ?CNBC?s David Faber delivers a clear-eyed look at the origins of the crisis. . . As an anchor of the Faber Report, the author was on the front lines of the financial crisis and spoke with many of its key players. ?Fortune magazine "A slim yet substantial book based on Faber's riveting (and horrifying) CNBC special "House of Cards" that takes readers from the mosquito-ridden swimming pools of option-ARM ghost towns to a Norwegian town bankrupted by ill-advised investments in "synthetic" bonds on the mortgages left behind." ?NY Mag, Daily Intel "?we wound up liking Faber?s book. He writes simply and well. He also uses real people to demonstrate the insanity of the housing boom. While this may not be the deepest book about the crash, it could be the most accessible." ?MoneySense magazine

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