breaking the bank

press reaction

Ellen Gray, Philadelphia Daily News

... Remarkable for its interviews with the principals -- Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis and former Merrill CEO John Thain ... You don't have to be a policy wonk or a banking expert to appreciate the drama in 'Breaking the Bank.'

Alex Strachan, CanWest News Service

… a fitting end to what has been a fine and, at times, unforgettable season for one of TV's most topical, hard-hitting newsmagazines.

Kevin McDonough, United Features Syndicate

... a nice survey history of the crisis and an overview of a financial revolution that has shifted power from New York to Washington.

John Doyle, The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ont.)

... a new and terrific, in-depth look at the merger of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch ...

Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times

... delivered in "Frontline’s" sobering, anxious tones and virtually pulp-fiction narration ... Oversimplified, "Breaking the Bank" offers no real analysis of the repercussions of the deal on the mechanics of banking. ...

Mark Washburn, The Charlotte Observer

... at its best while showing the different cultures of BofA and Merrill, one with a conservative heartland philosophy and the other sparkling with Wall Street dazzle ...

Alan Pergament, The Buffalo News

... With the aid of some of the nation’s finest financial journalists, 'Breaking the Bank' is another incredible, scary story ...

Robert P. Laurence, San

... sober, revealing ... Interviewing most of the major players, including Bank of America chief Ken Lewis and ex-Merrill honcho John Thain ... the "Frontline" team reconstructs the development of events with the meticulous care of a CSI team poring over the scene of a mass killing.

posted june 16, 2009

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