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Although Lewis is perhaps best known for his sports-related nonfiction (including The Blind Side), his first book was the autobiographical Liar's Poker, in which he chronicled his disillusionment as a young gun on Wall Street in the greed is good 1980s. He returns to his financial roots to excavate the crisis of 2007–2008, employing his trademark technique of casting a microcosmic lens on the personal histories of several Wall Street outsiders who were betting against the grain—to shed light on the macrocosmic tale of greed and fear. Although Lewis reads the book's introduction, narration duties are assumed by Jesse Boggs, a veteran narrator of business titles (including Lewis's own 2008 book Panic!). Boggs's rich baritone is well suited to the task and trips lightly through a maze of financial jargon (CDOs, derivatives, mid-prime lending) and a dizzying cast of characters. Lewis returns on the final disc for a 10-minute interview about the crisis's aftermath, including a savvy assessment of the wisdom of the financial bailout and where-are-they-now updates on the book's various heroes and villains. A Norton hardcover. (Mar.)
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Michael Lewis has written from the perspective of a financial insider for more than 20 years. His first book, Liar's Poker, was a warts-and-all account of Wall Street culture in the 1980s, when Lewis worked at the investment bank Salomon Brothers. Everything Lewis has touched since has turned to gold, and The Big Short seems to be another of those books, combining an incendiary, timely topic with the author's solid, insightful, and witty investigative reporting. Only the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette criticized what it felt was a rush job of writing and a failure to integrate the individual stories. Few readers will care for the message here (despite laugh-out-loud moments of absurdity), but Lewis is a capable guide into the world of CDOs, subprime mortgages, head-in-the-sand investments, inflated egos--and the big short. However, as Entertainment Weekly points at, if you're only going to read one book on the topic, perhaps this should not be the one.See all Editorial Reviews
Absolutely compelling second only to seeing Michael at a conference in San Francisco in July. I have told numerous people about this book and suggested they read it before the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kevin Dahill
A true cautionary tale. How could they be so stoopid with so much money that didn't belong to them? Greed. Plain and simple. And no-one went to goal?Published 2 days ago by Mr Robert Baker
Investors should read this. While you are at it, read "A Random Walk Down Wall Street" and "Fooled by Randomness". Read morePublished 4 days ago by Henry
One of the best book that explains each and every character who saw an economic crisis in their own viewpoint. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Duri
What a fascinating and sad book. Would make you angry because the doomsday machine makers and drivers got rewarded and Wall Street is back in business. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dr. Boris P. Abad
This is truly an insiders look at the financial catastrophe of 2008-2009. Portrays actual people who were involved in causing and swimming through much of what happened. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Bruce E Macomber
Read with an open mind and you'll definitely learn something. Also very entertaining, hard to put down once I started.Published 12 days ago by DJA
This book really helps you understand the subprime crisis while telling a good story (a few good stoories). Read morePublished 14 days ago by Olivia Reads
Another brilliant book by Mr Lewis. Very easy read for anyone, you do not need to have a degree in finance, you just need to hav some interest in the 2008 market crisis.Published 18 days ago by Andrew C