13 Bankers: Now Available in Romanian!

Who would have guessed?

13 Bankers Receives Award from NCRC

I forgot to mention that back in April, Simon and I won the annual Color of Money Award from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition for the best writing on economic justice. I’m very proud.

13 Bankers in Chinese

Published by China CITIC Press. Read all about it here. If you can read Chinese, that is.

Exciting New Endorsement

I know that we have a lot of fans in the world of economists and policy wonks, but I am always excited to get endorsements from outside the usual suspects, especially when they are the movers and shakers in the world of culture. So I was very happy to hear that our book  Stephen Metcalf’s official weekly “endorsement” in the latest episode of Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.

Culture Gabfest is a weekly podcast in which Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss major themes and events in the world of popular culture (this week included the SNL episode hosted by Betty White, the fiftieth anniversary of the Pill, and Iron Man 2). Each week each of the hosts endorses something drawn from any genre. (One week Metcalf endorsed his socks. The next week they did the endorsements with fake French accents, which was the funniest thing I have heard in years.) Anyway, Metcalf said some very nice things about the book and the blog, and my heart went pitter-patter.

Oh, and Simon did a segment on the book on PBS NewsHour today, around forty minutes past the hour.

Update: If it wasn’t obvious, the Culture Gabfest is in my usual podcast rotation, along with This American Life, Radiolab, Planet Money, and Fresh Air.


Book Discussion at Huffington Post

(Updated as of May 4.)

So far, we’ve had:

  • Tyler Cowen arguing that it is the government that is calling the shots, not the banks — “It’s our government deciding to assemble a cooperative ruling coalition – which includes banks — at the heart of its fiscal core.”
  • Noam Scheiber arguing that the administration is not trying to break up the banks because it would be too hard to push through Congress.
  • William Black criticizing the administration’s attempts so far to constrain what he calls “systemically dangerous institutions.”
  • Mike Konczal on the other ways in which Wall Street’s culture is affecting the real economy.
  • Mark Thoma on the importance of history and economic history.

We’ve also written three posts of our own about the book on the Huffington Post Books page, on the “banana peel” theory of the crisis, the key charts in the book, and the problems with measuring bank size.

My response to Tyler Cowen is now up.


I forgot to mention that four of the more important charts from 13 Bankers are in last week’s post on The Huffington Post.

And, Tyler Cowen’s discussion of the book is also up at The Huffington Post. I think we’ll probably wait for a couple of more posts and then write a synthesized response.

Interview with Christopher Lydon

I did a long interview with Christopher Lydon for Radio Open Source. I’m especially proud of this because Lydon was one of the people who pioneered podcasting, although he insists that Dave Winer did most of the work. At my company I used to do a very low-tech podcast, basically using an external microphone plugged into my iPod.

As a side benefit, Lydon also gave me a copy of The Big Short inscribed to me by Michael Lewis, and I’m just happy that Michael Lewis knows who I am.

More Media Stuff

If you want to see a full-length presentation, there are videos available of Simon’s appearance at MIT and the World Affairs Council of Washington last week.

Also, I’ll be talking to Larry Doyle of Sense on Cents on Sunday evening at 8 Eastern.

Christopher Dodd Is Reading It

Talking to Don Imus on Fox Business (around the 1:20 mark):

Imus: “Did you read The Big Short, by Michael Lewis?”

Dodd: “I’ve got it, but I haven’t read it. I’ve been reading 13 Banks, by this other fellow.”

Apparently Some Bookstores Have It …

Such as the Borders in Silver Spring, according to one commenter.