Shredded

Inside RBS, The Bank That Broke Britain

By Ian Fraser

Format: Paperback

The fall of RBS has been one of the most catastrophic events of the on-going global financial crisis. This book reveals new and never-revealed-before details about how Fred Goodwin brought the biggest company in the world to the very brink of ruin.

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The Royal Bank of Scotland was once one of the most successful and profitable financial institutions in the world; revered, admired and trusted by millions of savers and investors. A trusted employer for tens of thousands of people, with branches on nearly every high street in the land. Now, the very mention of the bank's name causes fury and resentment, and the former CEO, Fred Goodwin, is regarded by many as the one of the principal culprits of the worst financial crash since 1929.

 

In this book, award-winning financial journalist Ian Fraser reveals how the ‘light touch, limited touch' approach to financial regulation of New Labour and the aggressive, confrontational, autocratic and reckless style of Fred Goodwin led to disaster, not just for RBS, but for everyone in the UK.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 11 Apr 2019
ISBN 9781780276045
Number of Pages 608

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'Shredded is a magnificent book. I regard it as one of the best investigative books of the past decade'

'A gripping account - RBS was a rogue business, operating in what had become a rogue industry, with the connivance of government. Read it and weep'

 'A model of the journalist's craft, Zola-esque in its broad and unsparing study of corporate hubris and nemesis and haunting in the questions it leaves in its wake' 

'Impeccably researched and hard to put down at any point - the author pulls no punches'

 'Explosive'

'Combines Greek tragedy with real-life events that have affected us all. It's hard to put down'

 'I don't think I have ever read such a perfect morality tale for our times'

'The definitive text. I'm thinking of Barbarians at the Gate, about Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and RJR Nabisco. An instant classic'

'You should absolutely read Ian Fraser's Shredded. It is probably the definitive work on the British and Irish banks in the Great Bubble and the ensuing Great Financial Crisis'

'Engrossing, fascinating and appalling - a fast-paced and sickeningly-depressing exposition of what can go wrong when corporate governance fails'

'Magisterial - the most detailed catalogue to date of the errors and misdemeanours leading up to RBS's 2008 collapse and the failure -- in Fraser's view -- to reform the bank in its aftermath'

'A rattling good read. Hubris, nemesis. Truly shocking'

'A manual for understanding banks, the financial crisis, and also corporate greed and hubris'

'The definitive account of the RBS fiasco. It's an engaging tale of how self-serving bank executives systematically broke the rules, lent with astonishing recklessness, abused customers and got suckered by Wall Street - before dumping their mess on the taxpayers'

'Nearly six years after the bailout, Shredded reminds us how much of banking reform is still a work in progress'

 'Ian Fraser has produced a genuine page turner'

'The best financial book I've ever read. Thank you, Ian, for a public service'

'Not just the definitive book on the collapse of RBS but one of the best five books on the great financial collapse which changed the history of the 21st century. Ian pulls no punches in his conclusions'

'This book should be posted through the letterbox of every taxpayer in Britain'

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