Business Books: A policy wonk looks back, and forward [Reuters]

By Ross Kerber.
University economists are already teaching courses on the history of the financial crisis of 2008 and the policy responses that followed. Robert Pozen’s new book could become required reading.

“Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System” (Wiley, $29.95), provides both a detailed look at the run-up to the financial system’s brush with disaster and many prescriptions in response.

The Economy and the Markets: Where Are We Now? [Motley Fool]

By Jennifer Schonberger.

Bob Pozen, chairman of MFS Investment Management and author of the book Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System, stopped by Fool HQ recently to talk about some of these hot-button issues facing our economy and markets. He chatted with us about the sustainability of the market rally, rebalancing the global economy, the dollar, and gold. Here are some highlights from our conversation.

An Action Plan for Economic Recovery [HBS Alumni Bulletin]

Most books about the nation’s financial crisis tell us what happened. In his new book, HBS senior lecturer Robert Pozen tells us how to fix the system. A financial industry veteran and chairman of MFS Investment Management, a Boston firm that oversees more than $170 billion in pension and mutual funds, Pozen writes with authority and unusual clarity about complex issues in Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System (Wiley).

Buce: The Best Finance Book I’ve Read So Far This Year [aka, Cliff Notes for Finance Professors]

From Brad DeLong’s Egregious Moderation:

The best finance book I’ve read so far this year (and I’ve read a slew of them) is Robert C. Pozen’s Too Big to Save? …

In short, what we have here is the book that every business/finance professor wants needs. Not to assign to his students: nothing to vulgar as that. What you do with Pozen is stuff it in your top drawer and sneak a peek whenever you want to look brilliant. I can’t think of anybody who has covered such a range of issues so efficiently or so well.

“Too Big to Save?” with Robert Pozen [Mercatus]

Join members of the Financial Markets Working Group in this open discussion with Robert Pozen, Chairman of MFS Investment Management and senior lecturer at Harvard Business School. Robert will talk about the crisis, the policy implications, and prospects for reform. He will cull several recommendations for policymakers from his latest book Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System due out Nov. 9th from Wiley Publishing.

Cleaning Up the Crisis [Motley Fool]

By Jennifer Schonberger.

It’s clear by now that a failure of regulation on multiple fronts helped to fuel the financial crisis. What’s more, according to Bob Pozen — chairman of MFS Investment Management and author of the book Too Big to Save? How to Fix the U.S. Financial System — government has also failed, in certain instances, to clean up the fallout from the crisis.

6 Smart Books: An Economic Roadmap [SmartMoney]

Reviewed by Robert J. Hughes

To everyday consumers, “too big to fail” has become a dubious mantras. Where is the fairness in a government bailout of large banks and corporations that leaves regular people wondering when things are going to turn around for them.

Here, author Pozen, chairman of MFS Investment Management, a lecturer at Harvard Business School and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, provides an analysis of the financial arrangements the government has used to bolster the economy, with proposals for shaping the economic landscape, all of which may help investors better understand the shifting marketplace. (SmartMoney is a joint venture between Dow Jones and Hearst. The Wall Street Journal is a unit of Dow Jones.)

In four parts and 14 chapters, Pozen details complex economic issues in clear prose: the U.S. housing slump and its affect on the global financial crisis; the slump’s impact on stock and bond markets; last year’s bailout of financial institutions, and the future of the American financial system.

This is a book for investors who want to understand the details of our financial landscape, and who also want to consider arguments on restricting mortgage-lending practices, whether financial derivatives and hedge funds should be regulated or the revival of loan securitization, among others. Pozen also includes a helpful glossary of terms that should help even seasoned investors.