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As described by Lewis, liar's poker is a game played in idle moments by workers on Wall Street, the objective of which is to reward trickery and deceit. With this as a metaphor, Lewis describes his four years with the Wall Street firm Salomon Brothers, from his bizarre hiring through the training program to his years as a successful bond trader. Lewis illustrates how economic decisions made at the national level changed securities markets and made bonds the most lucrative game on the Street. His description of the firm's personalities and of the events from 1984 through the crash of October 1987 are vivid and memorable. Readers of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities ( LJ 11/15/87) are likely to enjoy this personal memoir. BOMC and Fortune Book Club selection.
- Joseph Barth, U.S. Military Acad . Lib., West Point, N.Y.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
“The funniest book on Wall Street I’ve ever read.” (Tom Wolfe)
“Often profane, always hilarious, right on the mark.” (People)
“So memorable and alive . . . one of those rare works that encapsulate and define an era.” (Fortune)
Really interesting book about life as an investment banker. Also, it's very eye opening on the exorbitant amount of money is made by those working on Wall Street. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by sms
Great insight into Soloman Brothers, "Straight to Hell" is next on the reading list.Published 3 days ago by Dillon Welsch
Excellent detail inside a brokerage and how they operate solely for their own profit and not for the benefit of their customersPublished 6 days ago by Russell Boles
I thought it would be as exciting as flash boys. Liars poker is boring and does not teach you much things. It is not so bad, but it is very bad compared to flash boys.Published 10 days ago by Buyer amazed
I just finished this book. I thought it started fairly slow, but found the last third of the book to be very interesting. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Brant A. Smith