The book is very easy to read and is entertaining.
It's the age old story of greed, hubris and, in the end, disaster and, like in his book about Long Term Capital Management, Lowenstein tells it elegantly.
I think that anyone who is invested in or is thinking about investing in equities ought to read this book.
This is the most concise and complete description I've yet seen of what's happened with the markets and the economy in the latter half of the 20th century. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Wikileaker
Im sure the players that caused the mess are better off than they were before but I wanted to read about the actions that lead to my less monied life and the author made it... Read morePublished 22 months ago by J. Broughton
Roger Lowenstein's 2004 book provides an excellent overview of the "Great Bubble" (i.e., the stock market boom of the 1990s, and its inevitable crash). Read morePublished on April 9, 2012 by Steven H Propp
Lowenstein provide a well written and interesting account of the bubble and some of the factors causing the stock market bubble in the mid to late 1990s. Read morePublished on October 31, 2010 by Yoda
The author has done an admirable job in identifying the main, root cause of recessions and depressions. Read morePublished on March 26, 2009 by Michael Emmett Brady
This is a must read for the financially trying times we currently live thru.Even though the book is a couple of years old it is still current. Read morePublished on October 2, 2008 by Gary J. Demaria
I had an extremely favorable impression of Lowenstein's books, having gone through the classic "When Genius Failed" as well as "Buffett". Read morePublished on May 11, 2008 by Amazon Customer
During the 2000-2002 time period, I lost a large portion of my retirement in the stock market. Painful as it may be, I now know why I lost all that money after reading the book.Published on December 29, 2007 by Gene P. Louie
Loved when Genius Failed -- this felt like a grasp at that genius, but a disappointing one. Some is just factually wrong (i.e. Read morePublished on December 12, 2007 by Peter Bowen