Liar's Poker

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 15, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker.

Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush. Liar’s Poker is the culmination of those heady, frenzied years—a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in American business. From the frat-boy camaraderie of the forty-first-floor trading room to the killer instinct that made ambitious young men gamble everything on a high-stakes game of bluffing and deception, here is Michael Lewis’s knowing and hilarious insider’s account of an unprecedented era of greed, gluttony, and outrageous fortune.
 

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User Review  - FirstWord - LibraryThing

Michael Lewis is an excellent writer. He completely draws you into the scene with detail and description and leads you along well paced journey to understanding the world of wall street with it's ... Read full review

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User Review  - benjamin.lima - LibraryThing

The more things change, the more things stay the same. So much of what I thought was novel or curious about Wall Street in the 1990s and 2000s was right there in the early 1980s, same as ever. Also, Michael Lewis is unequaled at the art of turning numbers into human drama. Read full review

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Contents

Preface
9
Liars Poker
13
Never Mention Money
21
Learning to Love Your Corporate Culture
39
Adult Education
67
A Brotherhood of Hoods
99
The Fat Men and Their Marvelous Money Machine
129
The Salomon Diet
167
From Geek to Man
189
The Art of War
229
How Can We Make You Happier?
255
When Bad Things Happen to Rich People
285
Epilogue
307
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Michael Lewis, is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Flash Boys. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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