Pundits are calling recent events the most tumultuous in U.S. history since the Great Depression. A Fortune photo essay captures the market meltdown and Washington's race for a fix.
Lehman Brothers' downfall left 26,000 employees fearing for their jobs. A couple comforted each other on Sept. 15 near the investment bank's European headquarters in London. Barclays will absorb several thousand Lehmanites. Others won't be so lucky.