Summary of 13 Bankers

The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

Pantheon Books, more...

Buy the book

13 Bankers book summary
Wall Street’s belief in lax bank rules and quick fiscal innovation pervades U.S. economic thinking – just ask the bankers.


9 Overall

9 Importance

9 Innovation

9 Style


This intriguing study concludes that for all the talk of a new world order after the devastating 2007-2009 financial collapse, Wall Street looks remarkably the same. Money and power are concentrated in fewer hands, but the Street’s fundamental philosophy, favoring light regulation and markets dominated by a few huge banks, survives. In this eye-opening account, former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Simon Johnson and former McKinsey & Co. consultant James Kwak argue that Wall Street has gotten what it wants for too long, and that the time has come to break up big banks. While the authors cover oft-trod turf, their novel premise that the government must break up the big banks counters conventional wisdom. getAbstract recommends this book to taxpayers and policy makers seeking insight into how Wall Street works.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How U.S. banking regulation evolved,
  • How Wall Street gets what it wants from politicians and
  • How that affects the economy.


Protecting Bankers from the Pitchforks
Blame for the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009 belongs squarely to Wall Street and the large, powerful banks that took foolish risks and brought down the world economy. Yet, when 13 heads of the U.S.’s dominant banks visited newly elected President...
Get the key points from this book in less than 10 minutes. Learn more about our products or log in

About the Authors

Simon Johnson, who teaches at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, writes the “The Baseline Scenario” blog with former McKinsey & Co. consultant James Kwak, a software entrepreneur.

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

By the same authors

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category