PROPHECIES: Doom for Fun and Profit

A banker who can write is unusual enough. A banker who starts writing novels in jail, and transmutes global finance and oil politics into plausible thrillers about world economic collapse —well, there is only one: Paul Erdman. His third novel, The Crash of '79, is in its 25th week on the bestseller lists, has been bought by Paramount for a movie, and is diverting not only ordinary readers but also corporate executives and government officials, who assure each other that its forecast of doom will not come true. Certainly not. Of course not.

Nonetheless, what sets...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!