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Meltdown Iceland: Lessons on the World Financial Crisis from a Small Bankrupt Island eBook Kindle


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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 world's 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 celand's. The names may be unfamiliar-Johanesson, Bjoergolfsson, Oddsson-but 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, in Iceland's case an entire country melted down. All the wealth accumulated in the previous decade-during 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 Cool-disappeared practically overnight. Iceland's 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 Iceland's 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 dramas-from politicians to financiers to fishermen-that continue to swirl around it, and the lessons we can not ignore. Published on the first anniversary of its collapse, Meltdown Iceland is 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.

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  • Formato: eBook Kindle
  • Tamanho do arquivo: 1089 KB
  • Número de páginas: 256 páginas
  • Editora: Bloomsbury USA; Edição: 1 (6 de outubro de 2009)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
  • Idioma: Inglês
  • ASIN: B002WU7THI
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4.0 de 5 estrelas A Icelandic saga that collapsed in a pile of debts 25 de julho de 2014
Por Richard D. Porter - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Quite a good book on Icelandic meltdown in the financial crisis. Shows how country dedicated to fishing for hundreds of years, decided it could become a world financial center. Fisherman's sons ended up reading Fisher Black and option pricing.

The projected rosy future brought by this new world of finance bid prices up on about anything in the country. In the end, the bank loans in the country were a large multiple of its GDP at the height of the collapse. When the house of cards collapsed shortly after Lehmann's unexpected bankruptcy, all the trappings of the new world disappeared.
The country was left with debts it had a hard time repaying as mortgage payments were often indexed to foreign currencies that rose sharply as the Island's currency collapsed.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Lessons In Human Action 17 de maio de 2010
Por Jason M. March - Publicada na Amazon.com
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This book is one of the best and most concise reckonings of a nation's financial missteps that I have read to date. Although not particularly written as a commentary on human action and/or behavior, this book shines a rather grim light upon how the masses can be swallowed up by the pride and hum-buggery of just a handful of people whose interests are not aligned with the good of all beings. It's shocking.

The author makes it very easy for the reader to follow all of the characters by name as the tragedy of Iceland slowly unfolds in his story. I believe he was able to do this by explaining the Icelandic method of naming children and lineage. It was very wise to explain this in the beginning of the book, which the author did.

I highly recommend this book, which paints a very clear and dismal portrait that shows the reader exactly how greed can consume us all, even though that greed might be pursued by only a handful of people. It is like a highly infectious virus.
5.0 de 5 estrelas Five Stars 3 de novembro de 2014
Por tom richter - Publicada na Amazon.com
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2.0 de 5 estrelas The author provides good detail but his biases ruin an otherwise good account. 24 de dezembro de 2009
Por Alexander D. Oxenham - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the detail laid out by the author concerning the disdain the government had shown toward some of the "Viking Raiders" and how local politics from decade old feuds rendered the central bank effortless to see the crisis as it was unfolding. It was difficult for me to endure the ridiculous assertion where the author tries to blame "Reagan and Thatcher" for what happened in Iceland. As I continued to read it became apparent the author had either been turned down for a loan by one of the Icelandic banks and or bullied by Icelandic children during his childhood. The book is a glaring anti-capitalism opinion piece predicated on the same political rhetoric we are used to reading in any newspaper these days.

As an alternative, written without the bias I would strongly suggest the book, "Why Iceland?: How One of the World's Smallest Countries Became the Meltdown's Biggest Casualty" Asgeir Jonsson (Author)
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Makes many things clear 18 de novembro de 2009
Por B. Kirk Holman - Publicada na Amazon.com
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If your desire is to understand the recent economic difficulty, this book is a hidden gem.

When an attempt is made to understand that economic and banking crisis in the United States and Europe, there are simply too many personalities, institutions, governments, and other players. Iceland, on the other hand, is a sovereign nation that has its own currency, financial regulators, and central bank. It is, however, a country of about 300,000. The number of variables are reduced to a level that can be understood.

Thankfully, the author spends enough time setting the stage through discussion of Icelandic history, perspective, and personality. The crisis days become far more understandable when viewed through that context. The author then relates many of these mistakes to the similar mistakes that took place in the US and Europe.

This is an excellent book!
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