Bear Stearns Saga Rises on Amazon

Street Fighters: The Last 72 Hours in the Toughest Firm on Wall St. by Kate Kelly has risen to #37 on Amazon, but none of the major library systems we checked had it in stock (it may have been embargoed, preventing prepub reviews). 

Released May 12, the Wall St. Journal reporter’s book is riding a publicity wave that began with yesterday’s New York Post report on Kelly’s revelation that Bear Stearns rebuffed last minute aid by rival investment bank Goldman Sachs shortly before its collapse last spring. Other major media hits include an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air and a rave Los Angeles Times review, which described Kelly’s look at the firm’s final 72 hours as “brilliantly reported” and “grippingly propulsive,” with well-sketched portraits of Bear’s upper ranks, “where executives were fiercely territorial and oddly inattentive to even critical operational questions. Bear Stearns was, in the end, an institution where denial was the executive suites’ emotion of first resort.”

Librarians may have skimped on Kelly’s book in favor of William D. Cohan’s book about Bear Stearns, House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street, which beat Kelly’s book to market by two months and is currently #4 on the New York Times bestseller list. That book, which focuses on the firm’s final 10 days, received a rave review from Michiko Kakutani in the New York TimesNow #117 on Amazon, Cohan’s book is better represented in the libraries we checked, although the ratio of holds to available copies is high – ranging from 117 to 158 holds on 4 – 39 copies. 

Street Fighters: The Last 72 Hours of Bear Stearns, the Toughest Firm on Wall Street
Kate Kelly
Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover – (2009-05-12)
ISBN-10: 1591842735
ISBN-13: 9781591842736


House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street
William D. Cohan
Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Doubleday – (2009-03-10)
ISBN-10: 0385528264
ISBN-13: 9780385528269

House of Cards is available in audio:

  • Publishers: Tantor Media.
  • ISBN: 9781400141685
  • $54.95; unabridged; 20 discs

There is also an e-book version:

  • Overdrive Adobe ePub eBook; $27.95

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