Henry M. Paulson,Jr., "On the Brink, Inside the Race to Stop the Collapse of the Global Financial System"
As I was about to address an audience of Reagan conservatives, I was struck by the irony of my situation. To protect free-enterprises capitalism, I had become the Treasury secretary who would forever be associated with government intervention and bank bailouts. The speed with which the crisis hit had left me no other choice, and I had set aside strict ideology to accomplish the higher goal of saving a system that, even with all its flaws, was better than any other I knew―I had been forced to do things I did not believe in to save what I did believe in.