From The $700B Man, which chronicles how managing TARP almost destroyed Neel Kashkari's life: "$700B was a number out of the air," Kashkari recalls. "It was a political calculus. I said, 'We don't know how much is enough. We need as much as we can get. What about $1T?' 'No way,' Hank shook his head. I said, 'Okay, what about $700B?' We didn't know if it would work. We had to project confidence, hold up the world. We couldn't admit how scared we were, or how uncertain."