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Anglo’s FitzPatrick, ‘Easy and Loose,’ Dabbles in Africa: Books

Every financial drama needs a rascal. In "The FitzPatrick Tapes," that role is played by Sean FitzPatrick, the former chief executive and chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Corp.

As recently as three years ago, the Dublin-based bank posted a net profit of almost 1 billion euros ($1.35 billion). Now, the lender’s collapse is set to cost the taxpayer as much as 34 billion euros. That’s more than the country’s entire tax take last year or, as FitzPatrick himself puts it, more than BP Plc has set aside to pay for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.