A WUNCH OF BANKERS
After covering last year’s banking royal commission, I never thought I’d want to read another word about it, but reading this book is like being next to the naughty schoolboy. The result is hugely entertaining but also affecting as Melbourne journalist Daniel Ziffer’s light touch reminds us this was about normal people who were impacted by bank wrongdoing. The book works brilliantly as a guided tour through the sordid details of the royal commission as he embraces the pettiness and absurdity of the excuse making of many of the major players. Where the banks and other financial institutions were so tone deaf, Ziffer’s ear is pitch perfect, showing warmth and respect to those who were done over as well as piquing the phoniness of excuses by the institutions. Nothing is sacred — from the extremes of corporate lies and cover-ups to laughing at pompous CEO signatures. Ziffer’s book has what the banking system was shown to lack — a moral compass and real heart.
JEFF WHALLEY VERDICT: Insightful