“A coherent and enjoyable read . . . Shirreff calls for ’a revolution to reduce complexity in global banks, to split them into manageable chunks, and to change the self-serving nature of the culture that dominates them.’ To popularize this Shirreff had admirably taken the complexity out of the subject matter . . . Shirreff may not achieve the revolution he wishes for, but he certainly will get us once again focused upon necessary reforms to achieve sensible, if not existentially vital, financial regulation.” —Naked Capitalism
Can we prevent another financial crisis? We can! Break Up the Banks! is a sensible, actionable, and totally accessible call to arms from an acclaimed financial journalist
It’s been eight years since the financial crisis, but has anyone taken real action to prevent the next one? Former Economist reporter David Shirreff thinks not, and in Break Up the Banks!, he gives us a short but essential guide to what exactly we can do. With great clarity and a keen sense of humor, Shirreff argues that banks have gotten far too big and far too powerful–and shows how they can be reined in.
“A passionate plea for a simpler banking system that deserves to be taken seriously.” —Central Banking Journal
“David Shirreff argues cogently for the split of the banks into manageable segments.” —The Times (London)