Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself

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Bull by the Horns was written out with the great intention of exposing capitalism and other associated concepts that governments use as their strategy. This book serves as a personal account, a memoir of a bureaucrat trying to bring back the essence of the duty they are called for. While many have deviated and strayed far from fulfilling their bureaucratic duties, this book emphasizes that their primary duty is to protect the public interest and not for self-enrichment. It centers on the link that connects Wall Street and regulators by highlighting that the connection is not an issue of power.

In concept, much was written about a fault in the system. But its fundamental purpose is for the public to understand the struggle of a financial policymaker and her pursuit for a decision grounded by integrity in defiance of the system. More so, it clarifies ambiguity on how the financial and economic systems work, all while wiring them back to the initial purpose they were made to execute. With clarity, this book provides a unique lens that enables readers to see and experience the hardships that come while demanding reform.   


Sheila Bair is the voice behind Bull by the Horns and is the former Chairperson of the Federal Deposit Insurance (FDIC). She made it to numerous pages, including The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. For two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009, Forbes deemed her as the world’s second-most powerful and influential woman. Initially, Bair worked as an assistant secretary for financial institutions at the US Treasury Department. 



  1. The Golden Age of Banking
  2. Turning the Titanic
  3. The Fight over Basel II
  4. The Skunk at the Garden Party
  5.  Subprime is” Contained”
  6. Stepping over a Dollar to Pick UP a Nickel: Helping Home owners, Round One
  7. The Audacity of That Woman 
  8. The Wachovia Blindside
  9. Bailing Out the Boneheads
  10. Doubling Down on Citi: Bailout Number Two
  11. Helping Home Owners, Round Two
  12. Obama’s Election: The More Things Change…
  13. Helping Home Owners, Round Three
  14. The $100 Billion Club
  15. The Care and Feeding of Citigroup: Bailout Number Three
  16. Finally Saying No
  17. Never Again
  18. It’s All About the Compensation
  19. The Senate’s Orwellian Debate
  20. Dodd-Frank Implementation: The Final Stretch (or So I Thought)
  21. Robo-Signing Erupts
  22. The Return to Basel
  23. Too Small to Save
  24. Squinting in the Public Spotlight
  25. Farewell to the FDIC
  26. 26. How Main street Can Tame Wall Street
  27. I t Could Have Benn Different