The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine


By (author) Michael Lewis

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 266 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 30mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393072231
  • ISBN 13: 9780393072235
  • Sales rank: 16,766

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When the crash of the U. S. stock market became public knowledge in the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn t shine, and the SEC doesn t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower- and middle-class Americans who can t pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren t talking. The crucial question is this: Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his #1 best-selling Liar s Poker. Who got it right? he asks. Who saw the real estate market for the black hole it would become, and eventually made billions of dollars from that perception? And what qualities of character made those few persist when their peers and colleagues dismissed them as Chicken Littles? Out of this handful of unlikely really unlikely heroes, Lewis fashions a story as compelling and unusual as any of his earlier bestsellers, proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our times."

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If you re wondering if there s importance or an urgency to this issue, read the book The Big Short by Michael Lewis, and then, when you re finished reading, come back to the floor and say that you support this amendment [on financial reform]. --Senator Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota)"

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Why Michael Lewis, according to Malcolm Gladwell, is the finest storyteller of our generation: Liar s Poker So memorable and alive. . . . It s one of those rare works that encapsulate and define an era. . . . Remember the 1980s? When you want to recall this roaring decade, pick up a copy of Liar s Poker. Fortune Devastatingly funny. New York Moneyball The best business book Lewis has written. It may be the best business book anyone has written. Mark Gerson, The Weekly Standard A brilliantly told tale. . . . Michael Lewis s beautiful obsession with the idea of value has once again yielded gold. Garry Trudeau"