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Introduction: Financial Ashes vii Cast of Characters xiii Chapter 1 Angelo Speaks, the Worldwide Contagion Begins 1 Chapter 2 The Repo Man Meets the Bald Granny: A Short History of Subprime 23 Chapter 3 The Death of the Bailey Building and Loan, the Rise of Millionaire Loan Brokersand Countrywide 47 Chapter 4 The Beach Boys of B&C: How Roland Arnall Became the Johnny Appleseed of Subprime 73 Chapter 5 Angelo Rising: The Son of a Bronx Butcher Makes Good 103 Chapter 6 The Holy Roller of REITs 127 Chapter 7 The End of the (New) Century 149 Chapter 8 A Conspiracy by Merrill? 179 Chapter 9 A Warning from Lewie: CDOs, SIVs, and Other Things No One Understands 205 Chapter 10 Deep in the Belly of the Bear 227 Chapter 11 Armageddon Times: The Tan Man Departs, Bye-Bye Bear 249 Chapter 12 What the Hell Happened? Ten Bad Years for Housing in America 277 Chapter 13 TARP, the Great Recession, and the Return of Stan Kurland 309 Afterword TBTF: A Mortgage Cartel Rises from the Ashes 335 Source and Interview Notes 341 Glossary 351 Acknowledgments 359 About the Authors 361 Index 363

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PAUL MUOLO is Executive Editor of National Mortgage News which won a Polk Award in 1990 for its reporting on the S&L crisis. His freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Barron's. Muolo has been a guest on numerous media outlets, including CNN, CNBC, ABC, and Fox Business Network. MATHEW PADILLA is a business journalist whose work on the implosion of the Southern California subprime industry was recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

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