The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 1, 2011 - Business & Economics - 320 pages

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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User Review  - TokenGingerKid - LibraryThing

I'be been working on this one for a few days now and I've decided to resign it to the realm of DNF (Did Not Finish). I wasn't enjoying it, not entirely understanding everything that was going on and ... Read full review

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User Review  - tshrope - LibraryThing

This was longer and more complicated version of This American Life's "The Global Pool of Money." While I enjoyed hearing about some of the key players who figured out what was going on early on, most of the fnancial dealings were complicated and over my head. 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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Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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