A must read polemic about why the recovery from the crash mostly benefited the %, and how democratic socialism can save us from a new crash and climate catastrophe The last time there had been run a on a British bank was , when Overend, Gurney and Company folded after their appeals to the Bank of England for support fell on deaf ears Then, in , on the brink of collapse after lending too much money to mortgage hungry customers, Northern Rock was saved in the largest bank bail out in history But why, over one hundred years later, did the Bank of England change tack and intervene The answer is that, in the years betweenand , the UK economy had transformed, and was nowreliant on banks than ever before without them, almost every area of economic activity would have ground to a halt This signifies a fundamental change in the UK s economic model, and this fundamental change has a name financialization Stolen tells the story of how and why this financialization occurred, what it means for our society and politics, and what the left can do to fight it At present, the odds are stacked against labour and in favour of finance capital But what follows it will be determined by which group the many or the few manages to take power in this moment of crisis How we understand this moment, and what we do with it, will determine the course of the future