Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Kirsten Grind with Jon Talton: The Rise and Fall of Washington Mutual

Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street. $5.

Civics, Media Library

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Journalist Kirsten Grind traces the rise—and spectacular fall—of Washington Mutual, the largest bank failure in American history. As a reporter at the Puget Sound Business Journal in 2009, during the most dizzying days of the financial crisis, Grind wrote the first detailed stories about Washington Mutual. Now, the Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Lost Bank offers a look at the human failings that lay at the root of the Great Recession, the personalities caught up in good times and easy money, a seriously deluded industry, and an entire culture ultimately undone by financial collapse.  Grind appears in conversation with Seattle Times business columnist, Jon Talton. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with Elliott Bay Book Company. Series media sponsorship provided by PubliCola. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation. Media support from Puget Sound Business Journal.

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One Comment

  1. Posted August 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

    I lived in CA. the whole time that mortgage lenders were getting RICH, on every corner there was an “office” that would gaurantee, YOU and you and hey you over there….the house you always dreamed of. I didn’t understand how it worked nor was I “elegible” for the house of my dreams. I was back in school after a (lengthy) retirement from a major airline, it was end of 2001. I loved being a “student” again and was taking Paralegal studies with an added class, just for the hell of it, Real Estate. Needless to say, I found that class to be most difficult and I never took the test to get a liscense to sell real estate.
    I was scanning channels and stopped on C-span2. Kirsten Grind discussing her new book. I have not read it and it would probably take me a long time from start to finish ( dictionary, mandatory for me) but ….

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