This is the Second Edition of THE CREDIT UNION WORLD: Theory, Process, Practice--Cases & Applicaton. The First Edition was released just prior to the financial melt-down and the skyrocketing debt of the United States. As a result of the political and financial upheaval, both in the U.S. and abroad, it was imperative that a second edition be published at this time. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, federal government backed mortgages, have been a disaster in the mortgage and housing market, leaving home owners all over America in foreclosure, underwater, or in serious distress. Since the federal government has become so intrusive into the corporate world by taking over entire industries such as automobile factories and meddling directly into the banking industry and Wallstreet in general, these issues do effect the credit union world.