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By Mark Singer

From esteemed New Yorker author Mark Singer comes this cautionary story of the Penn sq. financial institution, the oil and gasoline dealer in an Oklahoma urban shopping center whose cave in in 1982 staggered America’s banking undefined. Recounting the entire amazing tale and its colourful characters, Singer makes brilliantly (and hilariously) transparent what really occurred and why it needed to ensue in boom-time Oklahoma. Nowhere else did cash movement in particularly an analogous spontaneous model. “[A] story of amazing verve” (New York Times), humorous funds involves existence via Singer's brilliant prose and keeps to resonate in modern tradition of company corruption.

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