Book review: Edmund L. Andrews' 'Busted'


Last month, WalletPop's Tom Barlow interviewed Edmund L. Andrews, the author of Busted: Life Inside the Great Mortgage Meltdown. Andrews was a veteran New York Times reporter following the Federal Reserve, who got in way over his head on his own mortgage and was dragged down by a combination of alimony obligations, a new wife who wasn't earning her keep and slimy subprime lenders.

I finally got around to reading it and wasn't particularly impressed. Andrews tells the story of his infatuation with an old high school friend after his divorce in the most banal terms imaginable: "brainy, regal, sexy, fiery and eclectic" is one example. But there's also: "She had touched my soul in ways I couldn't explain and couldn't really understand."