The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 1, 2011 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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The #1 New York Times bestseller: "It is the work of our greatest financial journalist, at the top of his game. And it's essential reading."—Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair

The real story of the crash began 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.

Michael Lewis creates a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his #1 bestseller Liar's Poker. Out of a 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 time.
  

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His writing style fantastic. - Goodreads
Lewis turns boring financial jargon into a page turner. - Goodreads
Michael Lewis has a decent prose. - Goodreads
This is a story without a happy or moral ending. - Goodreads
The introduction ready by Michael Lewis is great. - Goodreads
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Thank you for making me think about the financial crash again, and more closely this time. The Wall Street bankers weren't all blindsided by the calamity, some clearly saw it coming, while many others ... Read full review

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Michael Lewis spins out book after book of flawless journalism and discovery. This is no exception. It was engagin and provoking. It's narrative almost had you wishing there was more, and then quickly ... Read full review

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Contents

A Secret Origin Story
1
In the Land of the Blind
26
How Can a Guy Who Cant Speak English Lie?
61
How to Harvest a Migrant Worker
85
Accidental Capitalists
104
SpiderMan at The Venetian
136
The Great Treasure Hunt
160
The Long Quiet
179
A Death of Interest
200
Two Men in a Boat
226
Epilogue Everything Is Correlated
253
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About the author (2011)

Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, The Money Culture, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game, The Big Short, and Boomerang, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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