This book is a #1 New York Times bestseller. This is a memorable and humorous account of how the U.S. economy crashed in 2008. What people didn't know is that there was a crash (a silent one) that had taken place over the previous year. There were people around who understood what was or might be happening but hope or fear made them silent. The crash inevitably had to do with real estate prices, artificial securities and mortgages.