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Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

Nick can also be found on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740817853


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Saturday
Mar282009

Book Review: House of Cards

On the suggestion of a colleague, I picked up Wiilliam Cohan's House of Cards, a narrative style recounting of the collapse of Bear Sterns.

Go pick it up today. It's brilliantly done, weaving together insider information, public documents, and original interviews, with brisk writing and insightful commentary to make a very complicated subject spring to life.

Even if you're not particularly interested in the collapse of one of Wall Street's most prominent franchises, it has more intrigue, back-biting, and boorish behavior than an episode of Melrose Place.*

It also offers a great window into our current economic situation.  Many of the forces that torpedoed Bear -- over leverage, faulty risk management, arrogant personalities -- have brought our entire financial system to its knees.  For me, it certainly put the Stewart-Cramer spat into even greater context.  It's hard not go get your blood in a boil after reading how these institutions put our entire economy at risk in their manic pursuit of short term gain.

* I don't care if a Melrose Place reference is dated. It's my blog, so stuff it.

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