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    DescriptionWhen 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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    The Big Short
    Inside the Doomsday Machine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Lewis
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 266
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 476 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393072235
    ISBN 10: 0393072231

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ECO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S4.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 180
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    BISAC V2.8: BUS022000
    DC22: 330.973
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17830
    B&T Approval Code: A45560000
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    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 330.90511
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    LC classification: HC106.83 .L5 2010
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036070
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    Thema V1.0: KCX, RGCM, KCZ, NHK
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MRBA, 3MR
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    15 March 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    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"