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Meltdown Iceland: Lessons on the World Financial Crisis from a Small Bankrupt Island
Meltdown Iceland: Lessons on the World Financial Crisis from a Small Bankrupt Island by Roger Boyes 1608190188 9781608190188
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Meltdown Iceland: Lessons on the World Financial Crisis from a Small Bankrupt Island by Roger Boyes

The compelling and authoritative story of the financial destruction of Icelanda saga that mirrors, in microcosm, the forces that caused the global economic crisis.The economic crisis that emerged in America in 2008 unleashed a veritable epidemic of ill health around the world. However it was Iceland, whose population of three hundred thousand had the worlds highest GDP per capita and counted itself the happiest of countries, that caught the worst cold. It has nearly killed them.No story from the economic crisis of 2008 is more evocative than I celands. The names may be unfamiliarJohanesson, Bjoergolfsson, Oddssonbut their exuberance, greed, and miscalculation have many counterparts on our shores. And however traumatic the collapse of individual companies may be in the United States, innbsp;Icelands case an entire country melted down. All the wealth accumulated in the previous decadeduring which a new breed of Icelanders had dared to believe they could compete economically on an international level, during which Reykjavik became the Capital of Cooldisappeared practically overnight. Icelands story shows how closely the world economy is interconnected: The default on subprime mortgages in the U .S. led to the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which led directly to the run on Icelands banks, which forced local authorities in Britain to switch off the heating in their classrooms.With panache and color, Roger Boyes tells the inside story of the bankrupting of I celand: how it happened, the human dramasfrom politicians to financiers to fishermenthat continue to swirl around it, and the lessons we can not ignore. Published on the first anniversary of its collapse,Meltdown Icelandis a cautionary tale for our times, an authoritative and compelling account of the financial destruction of a tiny country whose saga should resonate for us all.

Author: Roger Boyes

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 256

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Publication Date: 2009-09-29

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