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Patty Barreiro & Edmund Andrews & their finances

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanMay 23, 2009 9:08 AM

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Megan McArdle posts Edmund Andrews' response to her revelation of his wife's bankruptcies. Megan concludes:

On a very broad note, I don't see this as a story about the goodness or badness of Andrews or Barreiro--and I've been dismayed by some of the nastiness about her in comments here and elsewhere. Rather, I think this matters because the story Andrews told was basically about the subprime crisis, and the book casts him as a sort of everyman, lured in by cheap credit and a likeable scoundrel of a mortgage broker. That may be what happened to many, or most people in the mortgage crisis--but the back to back bankruptcies strongly suggest that this is not what happened to Andrews. That said, I think the story told with the bankruptcies included would still be a story well worth telling.

As Megan notes, even if Patty's bankruptcies weren't relevant, he should have brought them up to show they weren't relevant.

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