In this fast-paced account, Robert Sobel analyzes the causes of the "Junk Decade" against a backdrop of incisive portraits of the perpetrators of some of the most dizzying and daring financial machinations the world has ever seen. Dangerous Dreamers is the story of clever scoundrels and brilliant innovators, such as Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken. It is also the story of the big banks, the pension and mutual funds, the insurance companies, and the S & Ls, who had a critical role in this period of financial instability.
Robert Sobel was born in 1931 and died in 1999. He was a prolific historian of American business life, writing or editing more than 50 books and hundreds of articles and corporate profiles. He was a professor of business at Hofstra University for 43 years and held a Ph.D. from New York University. Besides producing books, articles, book reviews, scripts for television and audiotapes, he was a weekly columnist for Newsday from 1972 to 1988. At the time of his death he was a contributing editor to Barron's Magazine.