Chain of Title

Curmudgeonly Reader

Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud, by David Dayen

In the rush of information from a 24-hour news cycle it’s difficult to hold on to the small cumulative facts that stream by as part of a major news story. There’s a shortage of long-form journalism, either in print or in broadcasting, that can bring an event into full and unflinching focus. That’s where a book like Chain of Title is especially valuable.

David Dayen places three “ordinary Americans” in the center of this book about the housing/banking crisis of 2007-2008. The most powerful character in the book is Lisa Epstein. Like millions of other Americans, Epstein was a victim of the banks. She worked as a nurse, was careful with her money, invested carefully in a house she could afford, and after marrying bought a new home with her husband. While she…

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