The Bankers by Shane Ross

The Bankers: How the Banks Brought Ireland to Its Knees is a really interesting read that provides a lot of background and insight to the stories that have dominated the Irish media in 2009. It is one of a number of books published in 2009 that explore the reasons for the collapse of the Irish economy and may well give you the taste to read some more. Shane Ross lays the blame with the bankers but he also has some harsh words for the regulators. The Bankers is a well-written, fast-paced read, liberally peppered with names that will be familiar to anyone who has read the Irish business pages over the last decade. At just under 300 pages, it covers a lot of ground, is eye-opening at times and will certainly leave you wiser.