WARNING – Sensitive Material. Weak stomachs beware.
Two of the scariest books I’ve ever read were The Hot Zone by Richard Preston and Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin. On the surface, Preston and Sorkin wrote about entirely different topics – the Ebola Virus and the Great Recession. But, I think they were analogous.
The Ebola Virus causes a patient’s internal organs to liquefy. Eventually they bleed out of every orifice and die. How does this grotesque death relate to the Great Recession? Sorkin’s book, a behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account takes you into Lehman Brothers, secret meetings in South Korea, and Washington D.C. corridors. It introduces you to the most powerful men and women in finance and politics. It shows you how our economy melted from the inside out.
I can hear the pushback to my comparison. “Our economy didn’t die,” you say. “It’s recovering.”
You’re right. The books are analogous. They’re not the same. Inventive, forward thinking businesses owners survived the bleed. They’re healing, growing – succeeding.
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