Of course, Edmund Walker, played by Crenna, ends up dead because of the “whatever it takes” efforts of small town lawyer Ned Racine, played by Hurt, and Edmund’s femme fatale wife Mattie, played by Kathleen Turner. Lawrence Kasdan’s “Body Heat” is a perfect film noir, the 1980s equivalent of “Double Indemnity.”
Veteran Wall Street Journal reporter David Wessel recounted the effort in last year’s “In Fed We Trust” (Crown Business) and updates it with an epilogue in the quality paperback edition of “In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic” (Three Rivers Press, 352 pages, $16.00).
Dillon, SC native Bernanke vowed to do “whatever it takes” from the Fed as the worst financial panic in more than fifty years gripped the world and he struggled to avoid the once unthinkable: a repeat of the Great Depression that Wessel calls “The Great Panic.” A brilliant but cautious academic at Princeton University before he was named Fed chairman in 2006 to replace the sainted Alan Greenspan, Bernanke researched and wrote about the causes of the Depression during his career as an academic. When the financial meltdown thrust him into a role as one of the most important people in the world, he was compelled to act with audacity by circumstances he never anticipated.