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“Michael Lewis possesses the rare storyteller’s ability to make virtually any subject both lucid and compelling. . . . Combining his easy familiarity with finance and the talents of a travel writer, Mr. Lewis sets off in these pages to give the reader a guided tour through some of the disparate places hard hit by the fiscal tsunami of 2008, like Greece, Iceland and Ireland, tracing how very different people for very different reasons gorged on the cheap credit available in the prelude to that disaster. The book — based on articles Mr. Lewis wrote for magazine — is a companion piece of sorts to , his bestselling 2010 book about the fiscal crisis. . . . Mr. Lewis’s ability to find people who can see what is obvious to others only in retrospect or who somehow embody something larger going on in the financial world is uncanny. And in this book he weaves their stories into a sharp-edged narrative that leaves readers with a visceral understanding of the fiscal recklessness that lies behind today’s headlines about Europe’s growing debt problems and the risk of contagion they now pose to the world.” — Michiko Kakutani (New York Times)
“Lewis’s rare gift as a guide through the world of credit default swaps and sovereign debt doesn’t come simply from his deep understanding of how the global financial system works . . . also his skill as a storyteller, his ability to tell the larger tale through fascinating human stories of greed, excess, and self-delusion.” — Chuck Leddy (Boston Globe)
“[Lewis’s] explanations of thorny financial processes are surprisingly compelling, his characters entertaining.” — Jessica Loudis (BookForum) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Michael Lewis is the author of Boomerang, The Big Short, Panic!, Liar’s Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Home Game, among other works. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Dylan Baker's films include Happiness, Along Came A Spider, and 13 Days. He starred on the TV series Feds and Murder One. Mr. Baker's theater credits include La Bete (Tony & Drama Desk nominations), Eastern Standard (Theatre World Award), and Not About Heroes (Obie Award).
It's hard not to be entertained AND enlightened by a Michael Lewis book. His books exploring subjects like Major League Baseball, the NFL left tackle, the stock market and... Read morePublished 5 days ago by W Perry Hall
I've read many of Michael's books and actually consider him one of my favorite authors but have to say that this one left me a little disappointed. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Michael L Anderberg
First, I just love anything Michael Lewis writes. His brilliance and humor are unrivaled. Here, he learns the national characteristics of the countries most deeply involved with... Read morePublished 13 days ago by J. Beck
Starts out interesting, but then gets repetitive after a while. It would have been better as a newspaper or magazine article than a bookPublished 13 days ago by Gregorio Kahn
Insight into cultural traits and the impact on economies of countries which face dire financial problems is fascinating. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Donna Hardman
Very interesting take on the financial crisis and how certain countries were affected due to behaviors within the population. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Rusty Shackelford
Michael Lewis's books are wonderfully written and are a great education into the mysteries pod the capitalistic financial system. Read morePublished 25 days ago by J-L