WASHINGTON — The housing -fueled rise and rapid fall of Washington Mutual may be the most forgotten story of the financial crisis.

Four years later, we still hear about Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, and Tarp, but not about the largest bank failure in U.S. history. Kirsten Grind, the author of a new book out Tuesday about WaMu titled "The Lost Bank," believes there are several reasons why the bank's story has yet to crack the public consciousness.

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