28 September 2015

The Lion Wakes – a Modern History of HSBC

David Kynaston and Richard Roberts
2015, Profile Books, 768 pages, £20.40
ISBN 9781781250556

Reviewer: Bill Allen, Economic Consultant

Corporate histories have a reputation for being dutiful, detailed, dull doorstops. This one isn’t. It is well-written, clear, and of interest not just to former employees of HSBC but to any one of the legions of people now interested in and concerned about the history of banking in the past few decades.

HSBC emerged from the financial crisis in better shape than any other large…

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