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- Publisher: Simon&SchusterAudio (2011)
- ASIN: B005RP87VC
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (654 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,875,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cd] Unknown Binding – 2011
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In Lewis' latest book, "Boomerang," the subtitle is, "Travels in the New Third World." Lewis is not referring to Asian or Latin American countries here. He's talking about European countries that drank the elixir of seemingly endless and cheap credit prior to the bursting of the recent financial bubble. To say that cheap credit transformed the economies in Greece, Ireland and Iceland, for example, is to understate the impact of the financial bubble on these countries. Talk about a timely book--I am writing this during September 2011, and yet this book refers to the recent downgrade of U.S. debt, which occured only last month, beginning on page 171.
As in many of Lewis' books, there's a new person who you probably never heard of before to meet. In "Moneyball" it was Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, and in "The Big Short" it was Steve Eisman, Michael Burry and others.Read more ›
Update: Since I wrote this review, VF has placed the Iceland article behind their pay wall. You can still find it for free by searching for "Vanity Fair Iceland." All other articles can be found for free on VF's website; just search for "Michael Lewis Vanity Fair" and then click on the index of his articles.
While the articles are great i read all the original ones and somehow expected more content for my money.
For example, take his first essay, "The Wall Street On Tundra".
I bought a Vanity Fair's issue (April 2009) where it was first published. And it is difficult to buy this magazine in Europe.
Then in September 2010 I paid for this article as part of "The Great Hangover: 21 Tales of the New Recession from the Pages of Vanity Fair" by Harper Perennial. Fair enough.
And then in October 2011 I found this book, "Boomerang", on Amazon and I thought, this is the extended and revised version of the text I liked so much, I should buy this. But this was the very same article, without any changes.
It is normal for a journalist to sell his article two times, for a magazine and for a book. But repackaging the content for a second book in a year is too much for me. Mr. Lewis could have extended this text, he could have described subsequent events or at least he could have edited this article in order to make it more readable (why should I automatically understand that the phrase "On February 3" means "On February 3, 2009", because this was first published in 2009? Or maybe I should because I already have read this two times). A month's work would have make this book worth paying for, more interesting and more up to date. Instead, two and a half years after it was first published, I mistakingly paid for the same text and got nothing new. I was disappointed.
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A pretty good read and fun to hear about everyone else's problems for a change. But if you've read his other books on the meltdown nothing is shocking and it almost seems like it... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Justin
As usual, Michael Lewis writes a solid and easy to read book. The topic is basically about the aftermath of the '08 crisis, specifically that of sovereign debt issues. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Derek Zweig
Great stories of human ambition, greed and stupidity. Everyone that wants to understand the world financial crisis should read this book!Published 21 days ago by Mariana
Ok, this book is based on stereotypes in the international maket. Icelandic are drunk egotistic people who thinks they are better bankers than fishermans; irish folks are brillant... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Helllooo Sunshine
As above it could happen again. Public pens o ones will be the death of cities, as I see fit.Published 1 month ago by LindaC
Even having a bit more fluff than his other books, Boomerang did not disappoint. And it was laugh out loud funny to boot.Published 1 month ago by Joe Dennis
Michael Lewis knows how to weave interesting people's stories into a complex historical narrative. The result is an interesting primer on main storylines of the global financial... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wargoma
A must read to understand the financial impact of the mortgage meltdown internationally.
Written with a little humor makes it fast reading