In a move sure to chap Hank Paulson's hide, HBO has acquired the rights to Andrew Ross Sorkin's Too Big To Fail (along with Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera's book on the fall of Lehman). Not because the former Treasury Secretary doesn't get a kick out of the Hollywood-ization of his life's work, or because he isn't excited at the prospect of scoring an invite to the premiere, but because this book is full of lies. Damned lies. He doesn't vomit. He dry heaves. Christ on a crutch someone needs to get this right, for once. You think if anyone could it'd be wonderboy, but, apparently, you'd think wrong.
For his part, Sorkin says his book lends itself well to that task. He focused specifically on players like Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and his successor Timothy Geitner, Lehman Bros CEO Richard Fuld, and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, in boardrooms, private planes and bedrooms as the financial system teetered on the brink of collapse. “You see their human sides, the hubris, the ego,” Sorkin said. “You see Hank Paulson literally vomiting and Dick Fuld crying with his wife as their world fell apart.