Crash of the Titans

Greed, Hubris, the Fall of Merrill Lynch, and the Near-Collapse of Bank of America

Business Insider’s Four-Part Interview with “Crash of the Titans” Author Farrell

In a four-part video series on Business Insider, Greg Farrell, author of "Crash of the Titans," talks with editor Courtney Comstock about key players in the Banbk of America/Merrill Lynch merger. These include: Osman Semerci, former head of fixed income at Merrill Lynch; former Merill Lynch president/COO Greg Fleming and former CEOs Stan O'Neal and John Thain, and, also, J. Steele Alphin, former head of human resources at BofA.

Part One, Greg Farrell Explains How One Man Brought Down Merrill Lynch:

Part Two, The Human Resources Department At Bank Of America Was Like The "Gestapo": Part Three, Former Merrill Lynch Employee Demands To Know: Why Is Greg Fleming Still A Hero After The Demise Of Merrill Lynch?:

Part Four: Why The Fall Of Merrill Lynch Hurt Stan O’Neal More Than John Thain

(Editor's note: This post was added to substantially, adding three additional videos from the one that was originally the focus of the post.)

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Author, Greg Farrell

GREG FARRELL is a correspondent for the Financial Times. In January 2009, he broke the news that Merrill Lynch had paid out its 2008 bonuses a month ahead of schedule, in December, even though Merrill was in the process of losing $28 billion for the year, and Bank of America needed an extra $20 billion in taxpayer funds to complete its acquisition of the firm. That story sparked an investigation by New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo. Greg is a past winner of the American Business Press’s Jesse Neal Award for investigative reporting and a recipient of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship for business journalism. He earned a BA from Harvard University and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.