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When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management


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Publisher:Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2001



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With a new Afterword addressing todays financial crisis


In this business classicnow with a new Afterword in which the author draws parallels to the recent financial crisisRoger Lowenstein captures the gripping roller-coaster ride of Long-Term Capital Management. Drawing on confidential internal memos and interviews with dozens of key players, Lowenstein explains not just how the fund made and lost its money but also how the personalities of Long-Terms partners, the arrogance of their mathematical certainties, and the culture of Wall Street itself contributed to both their rise and their fall.

When it was founded in 1993, Long-Term was hailed as the most impressive hedge fund in history. But after four years in which the firm dazzled Wall Street as a $100 billion moneymaking juggernaut, it suddenly suffered catastrophic losses that jeopardized not only the biggest banks on Wall Street but the stability of the financial system itself. The dramatic story of Long-Terms fall is now a chilling harbinger of the crisis that would strike all of Wall Street, from Lehman Brothers to AIG, a decade later. In his new Afterword, Lowenstein shows that LTCMs implosion should be seen not as a one-off drama but as a template for market meltdowns in an age of instabilityand as a wake-up call that Wall Street and government alike tragically ignored.

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