if readers are ever really going to understand the financial crisis, they will have to learn what went on in boardrooms and among regulators not in September 2008, but in the years leading up to it.

Dean Starkman Dean Starkman runs The Audit, CJR's business section, and is the author of The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism (Columbia University Press, January 2014).

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