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In the Combat Zone of Finance

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An incredible inside story of a country that crashed and recovered from the financial crisis.

Iceland became a symbol of the extremes of the 2008 financial crisis – an honest insider’s account of what happened.

Written by the then Central Bank Governor of Iceland, who was tasked with rescuing the country.

In the same vein as Michael Lewis’ Flash boys and The Blind Side, this is a dramatic narrative of our economic times.

Offers a unique vantage point to observe the forces of global banking, finance and economics.

Book Details

Publisher: LID Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-912555-65-9

FORMAT: 234 x 156mm

Bookbinding: Hardback

Number of pages: 288


Svein Harald Øygard was appointed interim Central Bank Governor of Iceland in the midst of the country’s deepest crisis. He became the first non-national to head an independent Central Bank. Previously, he was Deputy Minister of Finance for Norway and he has worked at McKinsey & Company as a corporate strategist for 22 years.


A thorough and analytical book which also has a free narrative form characterised by the author’s own encounter with the financial industry, the people and the politics in Iceland. It gives economists a rare opportunity to look into the financial world.

Bjorn Skogstad Aamo, Former Director, the Financial Supervisory Agency of Norway

This is the amazing story of a radical break with previous established international practice on how financial crises should be addressed which proved amazingly successful and altered financial crisis management practice. It’s told by an insider with an outsider’s perspective: it’s frank, colourful, very personal and it even manages to be a fun read. I just regret that I didn’t have the opportunity to read it before the Swedish financial crises of 1992 and 2008.

Leif Pagrotsky, Former Swedish Minister for Industry and Trade, and former Swedish Minister for Culture and Education

An important book about the events of the 2008 financial crisis, Øygard writes prose that is as clear and economical as that found in an Icelandic saga – and the story he tells is no less dramatic.

Eva Joly, member of the European Parliament, former French magistrate, former advisor to the Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs, Icelandic government and former French presidential candidate

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