A former bank chief who blames himself for unleashing Charles H. Keating on the financial world is warning bankers not to be blinded by economic euphoria like in the go-go 1980s.

Robert H. Smith has written a memoir, which went on sale late last week, about his days as chairman and chief executive officer of Security Pacific Corp. - the fifth-largest banking company in the nation a decade ago. The book, "Dead Bank Walking," chronicles the demise of the overly aggressive Los Angeles-based institution and its merger with Bank of America Corp. while teetering on the brink of failure.

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