Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the FinancialSystem--and Themselves Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Andrew Ross Sorkin
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Essay Topic 1

Define and discuss “sub-prime mortgages” and their employment as backing for securities in the stock exchange. When did this action begin on Wall Street? What regulations and/or laws allowed the exchange of sub-prime mortgages and what were the effects of their exchange?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Jamie Dimon’s role as CEO of JP Morgan and his influences in the 2008 financial crisis. How did Dimon respond to the news he received in the Prologue of the narrative? Why?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the biography and career of Dick Fuld and the origins and history of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. When and where was Lehman Brothers established? How did the institution come to be the fourth-largest investment bank in the U.S.? When did Fuld become CEO?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the biography and careers of Henry Paulson and George W. Bush. When did George W. Bush ask Henry...

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