The Greatest Trade Ever: How One Man Bet Against the Markets and Made $20 Billion

The Greatest Trade Ever: How One Man Bet Against the Markets and Made $20 Billion

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By (author) Gregory Zuckerman

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 18mm | 212g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141043156
  • ISBN 13: 9780141043159
  • Sales rank: 28,557

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The "Greatest Trade Ever" is the thrilling story of the trader John Paulson who predicted the economic crash in 2008 - and made the biggest windfall in history, by Gregory Zuckerman. Autumn 2008. The world's finances collapse but one man makes a killing. John Paulson, a softly spoken hedge-fund manager who still took the bus to work, seemed unlikely to stake his career on one big gamble. But he did - and "The Greatest Trade Ever" is the story of how he realised that the sub-prime housing bubble was going to burst, making $15 Billion for his fund and more than $4 Billion for himself in a single year. It's a tale of folly and wizardry, individual brilliance versus institutional stupidity. John Paulson made the biggest winning bet in history. And this is how he did it. "The definitive account of a sensational trade". (Michael Lewis, author of "The Big Short"). "Extraordinary, excellent". ("Observer"). "A must-read for anyone fascinated by financial madness". ("Mail on Sunday"). "A forensic, read-in-one-sitting book". ("Sunday Times"). "Simply terrific. Easily the best of the post-crash financial books". (Malcolm Gladwell). "A great page-turner and a great illuminator of the market's crash". (John Helyar, author of "Barbarians at the Gate").

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Gregory Zuckerman is a senior writer at the Wall Street Journal, where he pens the 'Heard on the Street' column. He appears on CNBC-TV twice a week to explain complex trades. His team has won the New York Press Club Journalism Award and the Gerald Loeb Award for their coverage of the credit crisis.

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Simply terrific. Easily the best of the post-crash financial books -- Malcolm Gladwell Greg Zuckerman was the first to tell the world about John Paulson's sensational trade ... He's written the definitive account of a strange and wonderful subplot of the financial crisis Michael Lewis, author of Liar's Poker A must-read for anyone fascinated by financial madness Mail on Sunday A forensic, read-in-one-sitting book Sunday Times Extraordinary, excellent Observer Compelling Economist Zuckerman takes us to Wall Street's heart of darkness, where mushroomed a $1 trillion subprime mortgage market that only the few, the brave, the smart dared short. This is at once a great page-turner and a great illuminator of the market's crash. John Heylar, co-author of Barbarians at the Gate Much, much more than a brilliant account of Paulson's trade of the century; this book also provides a highly enjoyable and lucid journey through the analytical and emotional maze that constituted the financial markets on the eve of the Great Recession. Compulsory reading. Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of Pacific Investment Management Co and author of When Markets Collide A magnificent insider look at how Paulson and others profited off of subprime's demise... insightful and gripping. Marketfolly.com