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Alistair Darling - Back From The Brink (2nd Hand Paperback)

£3.70
SKU B000164
Synopsis

In the late summer of 2007, shares of Northern Rock went into free-fall, causing a run on the bank - the first in over 150 years. Northern Rock proved to be only the first. Twelve months later, as the world was engulfed in the worst banking crisis for more than a century, one of its largest banks, RBS, came within hours of collapse.

Back from the Brink tells the gripping story of Alistair Darling's one thousand days in Number 11 Downing Street. As Chancellor, he had to avert the collapse of RBS hours before the cash machines would have ceased to function; at the eleventh hour, he stopped Barclays from acquiring Lehman Brothers in order to protect UK taxpayers; he used anti-terror legislation to stop Icelandic banks from withdrawing funds from Britain.

From crisis talks in Washington, to dramatic meetings with the titans of international banking, to dealing with the massive political and economic fallout in the UK, Darling places the reader in the rooms where the destinies of millions weighed heavily on the shoulders of a few.

His book is also a candid account of life in the Downing Street pressure cooker and his relationship with Gordon Brown during the last years of New Labour.

Back From The Brink is a vivid and immediate depiction of the British government's handling of an unprecedented global financial catastrophe. Alistair Darling's knowledge and understanding provide a unique perspective on the events that rocked international capitalism. It is also a vital historical document.

Details
  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Economics, Business & Money
  • Published : 2011 (Atlantic Books)
  • ISBN : 9780857892812
  • SKU : B000164
  • PPC : SP430gm
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

". . . one heck of a good read." - The Guardian.

". . . a balanced, thoughtful, sober account . . . " - Mail on Sunday.

"Alistair Darling writes compellingly about the market meltdown and ensuing recession, spicing the narrative with a droll wit and acidic observations about the "arrogant and stupid" bank chiefs. If this story has been told before, it is still informative to have the scary view from the edge of the precipice as Britain teetered on the brink of a complete collapse of its banks." - The Observer.

The Author

Alistair Maclean Darling, Baron Darling of Roulanish, PC is a British Labour Party politician who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Labour Government from 2007 to 2010 and as a Member of Parliament from 1987 until he stepped down in 2015, most recently for Edinburgh South West.