The Big Short by Michael Lewis

The Big Short

By Michael Lewis

  • Release Date: 2011-01-27
  • Genre: Finance
Score: 4.5
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THE OUTRAGEOUS NO.1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER, NOW AN OSCAR- AND BAFTA-WINNING FILM

From the jungles of the trading floor to the casinos of Las Vegas, The Big Short, Michael Lewis's No.1 bestseller, tells the story of the misfits, renegades and visionaries who saw that the biggest credit bubble of all time was about to burst, bet against the banking system - and made a killing.

'In the hands of Michael Lewis, anything is possible ... if you want to know how a nation lost its financial mind - and have a good laugh finding out - this is the book to read' Sunday Times

'Magnificent ... a perfect storm of brilliant writer meeting big subject' Guardian

'A triumph ... riveting ... The Big Short reads like a thriller' The Times

'A terrifying story, superbly well told' Daily Telegraph

'A rollicking good yarn' Financial Times

'Probably the single best piece of financial journalism ever written' Reuters

Reviews

  • A financial story of the utmost importance

    5
    By Sam The Villa Fan
    The Big Short is a incredible glimpse into the power and control a few players in the investment banking world have over a whole country's economy. Lewis lets this real life story flow with an utter ease that you forget that something so terrible is happening and yet people can still profit whilst highlighting the deficiencies in the financial market. Although the financial terms can be confusing the basic principles and moral attitude coupled with the lack of regulation show how easy it is for large banks to get into such terrible difficulties without any real consequence. Read the book, see the film never has a subject been so important to the long term future for the world economy.
  • The Big Short

    5
    By MPK.1
    A very good read!
  • The Big Short

    5
    By Daveabs
    This is a perfect recounting of an incredibly esoteric topic that ratings agencies and governments didn't understand. I have never worked in the financial markets but I get what happened now. Another tale of a world ruled by bluster, by a community knowing they could blag the detail, but with horrendous consequences.
  • Great book

    5
    By Andy Watson CDA
    Good insight
  • Fantastic read

    5
    By Roy latoya
    A great insight into the root causes of the financial crisis in a clear and concise manner.
  • Very good read, interesting point of view.

    4
    By GrabABeer
    Enjoyed this book, and it's view on what caused the current financial turmoil. Explains all the financial technical terms in easy to understand layman's terms.
  • Amazing!!!

    5
    By pblondon
    Fantastic book!!
  • Even I can understand this!

    5
    By M&BT
    I own a tailoring business based around London. In 2009 my business halved in 2010 it doubled...but the legacy of 2009 will sit in my accounts for another 5 years. I have this love/hate relationship with the banking industry. I disliked the fact that they had created the crisis but without their bonuses a significant chunky of my opportunity is taken away. I wanted to know more and one of my clients from the Bank of America suggested that I read this book last week. I haven't been able to put it down. It clearly and succinctly outlines the the crisis unravelling. It identifies the key people concerned both the winners and the 'losers'. I put that in "" because even the losers were winners financially in the banks.....it was the common masses that got hit....like my small business. I think that is the amazing thing about this....these people made decisions that impacted millions of people. The scary thing for me is that it appears to have recovered so quickly....nothing has changed......my clients say they are receiving bigger bonus than ever?! Good for me....but surely not right. Outstanding read .
  • Inspiring and Educational

    5
    By OMG Yet Another Matt
    The best book on Asberger syndrome I have ever read. I quite liked the sub plot too, the bit about the naughty bankers :-) But seriously, this is an excellent book and makes what could be a dry subject very gripping. Thank you Michael Lewis.

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