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It's been the worst financial and economic crisis since the 1930s and we're not through it yet. For banks, it's been a debacle like no other. To keep banks alive, $15 trillion of financial aid has been pledged to them by taxpayers - that's more than $2000 for every person on the planet. But believe it or not, it could all have been even worse, an economic Armageddon. If the old capitalism failed, have we really learned anything? Or are we frantically trying to return to our bad old business ways? In the West, we've been living beyond our means for years. Do any of us in the US and UK really understand the painful implications of the new economic reality, that we can no longer borrow as much as we'd like to maintain our living standards? In Who Runs Britain, Robert Peston warned that there was a serious economic storm on the way. Now, in The New Capitalism, he exposes the naivete and complacency of bankers and the authorities when confronted with the unmistakable signs that calamity was on the horizon. Peston will also show how the onset of that storm has changed the economic landscape forever and what that means for all of us - the jobs that will be available, the skills we'll need, how we'll save, how our banks and big companies will be run, the new compact between the public and private sectors. Just like Who Runs Britain, this is a book we can't afford to ignore.
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Robert Peston is the BBC's award-winning business editor. He was previously the Sunday Telegraph's city editor and political editor, financial editor and head of investigations at the Financial Times. His prize-winning blog can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/robertpeston.Review:
'A compelling portrait of early 21st century casino capitalism ... essential reading.' -- Howard Davies, The Times on WHO RUNS BRITAIN? 20080202 'Fluent, incredibly up to the minute look at Britain ... Peston, in relaxed, conversational style is a great travelling companion along the highways of finance.' -- Observer on WHO RUNS BRITAIN? 20080202 'This lucid and timely guide to the world of turbo-capitalism ... absorbing book, essential reading for anyone who wants to know how the British economy now operates.' -- Peter Wilby, Guardian on WHO RUNS BRITAIN? 20080202 'starkly lucid' -- Polly Toynbee, Guardian on WHO RUNS BRITAIN? 20080202 'Peston catches the zeitgeist of Britain and the paradox that is Gordon Brown.' -- Financial Times on WHO RUNS BRITAIN? 20080216 'engaging' -- Harry Mount, Telegraph on WHO RUNS BRITAIN? 20080216 'Peston is our rock... The triumph of Robert Peston makes me proud of my old paper, the BBC and of journalism in general.' -- Sarah Sands in Independent on Sunday 20080930 'This remains the most riveting book on finance you may ever bother to read.' -- Evening Standard on WHO RUNS BRITAIN? 20080930 'wonderful clarity' -- Sunday Telegraph on WHO RUNS BRITAIN? 20081116 Book of the year -- Financial Times on WHO RUNS BRITAIN? 20081116
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