Book profiles


Emilio Barucci

Who Will Rescue Finance?

The role of academics, bankers, politicians, regulators


The main idea of this book is that the root cause of the financial crisis is the ambition to handle risk as a well-defined commodity that can be traded in the market. The book provides an interpretation of the crisis going beyond simple reconstructions. Finance cannot be rescued by simply referring to ethics or limiting the remuneration of managers. This book is unique in that it covers both the American and the European crisis.

"The book provides a sharp analysis of what went wrong with Finance and led to the great crisis, and shows the ways through which Finance can get its credibility back. Regulation and high ethical standards are not enough!”, Lorenzo Bini Smaghi, Chairman of Société Générale and Italgas spa, former member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank.

“In his provocative and insightful new book Barucci appeals to readers with a social conscience, re-interpreting the facts and raising important new questions about the value of finance that were surfaced by the last financial crisis”, Darrel Duffie, Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Stanford University.

“The 2008 Global Financial Crisis was one of the most important events in our lifetime. In his book Emilio Barucci examines the legacy of those events and blends astute financial analysis with searching philosophical and moral questions. The result is a thought-provoking and compelling work that gives us licence to question the future role of our financial system”, Mark Wilson, Former CEO of Aviva Plc and of AIA, non-executive director of Black Rock.

Pages: 232
Trade Paper: ISBN 9788885486805; $39,95
Epub: ISBN 9788885486829; $26,99
Mobipocket: ISBN 9788885486812; $26,99




Emilio Barucci is Full Professor of Financial Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics, Politecnico di Milano. He is the Director of the Quantitative Finance Group of the Department of Mathematics, Politecnico di Milano. He is also independent director of Dea Capital Alternative Funds sgr (one of the largest Italian private equity fund) and independent director of the Aviva group in Italy (the first insurance company in UK).


Who will rescue finance