Charles V. Bagli is a New York Times reporter who covers the intersection of politics and real estate. He has written about the sale of high-profile buildings, political contributions of the real estate industry, the battle to build a two-billion-dollar stadium for the Jets, bid rigging in the construction industry, payoffs at the tax assessor's office, and a Sutton Place co-op that turned public land into a private park. He has worked for the New York Observer, the Daily Record of Morristown, New Jersey, the Tampa Tribune and the Brooklyn Phoenix. He lives with his wife in New Jersey. They have two daughters.
"The reader interested in New York real estate history, its moneyed
elites, or even the self-contradictory aspects of social investment
should find ample material for reflection and enjoyment in Bagli's
-- Publishers Weekly
"Bagli's sourcing is impressive, and readers will welcome his
ability to make arcane investment dealings comprehensible."
--Kirkus "Other People's Money delivers one of the
great untold stories of the financial crisis--how greed, arrogance,
and the distorted incentives of the commercial real estate market
helped drive our nation's economy off a cliff. Told through
meticulous reporting of what was arguably the worst real estate
deal of all time, in this vitally important book Bagli demonstrates
how the well-heeled and well-connected walked away relatively
unscathed from the wreckage that they created, leaving a devastated
middle class holding the bag yet again."
--Neil Barofsky, New York Times bestselling author of Bailout: How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street "Charles Bagli does for the politics and economics of urban real estate finance what Jane Jacobs did for urban street life. Bagli's new book, Other People's Money, uses the sale of a major housing complex on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village, to demonstrate how contemporary real estate speculators deploy international finance and local politics to change the housing options of more ordinary city dwellers. Bagli, a talented journalist, makes the street-level impacts of abstract global finance easily understood."
--Elliott Sclar, professor of urban planning, Columbia University "Other People's Money is a terrific book. With remarkable textual clarity and a fine-tuned dramatic sensibility, Charles Bagli has recreated the extraordinarily high stakes poker game that was the largest real estate deal in U.S. history. His characters include the biggest real estate players on the planet as well as middle-class residents desperately holding on by their fingertips to the only housing they can afford. A truly epic tale, one that systematically demonstrates the logic (and illogic) of the real estate bubble that set the stage for worldwide recession and that reveals the wild, unforgiving nature of twenty-first-century capitalism. It's a powerful story and a great read."
--Rick Fantasia, coauthor of Hard Work: Remaking the American Labor Movement and professor of sociology at Smith College