Boomerang by Michael Lewis


By Michael Lewis

  • Release Date: 2011-10-06
  • Genre: Economics
Score: 4
From 140 Ratings
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'A highly enjoyable exercise in financial disaster tourism... politically incorrect, often very funny, and shot through with genuine insight' Robert Harris, The Times

In this hilarious, fascinating, timely must-read, Michael Lewis reveals the true natures of the countries caught up in - and exacerbating - our boomerang economies, showing how the financial meltdown hit us all in the face. Right now, Europe is in serious financial chaos. In Greece, infrastructure costs mean it would be cheaper to transport all Greek rail passengers by taxi, and hairdressing is classified as arduous for tax avoidance purposes. In Iceland, Range Rovers frequently explode as owners collect the insurance to pay for them. Ireland saw the entire country put up for sale - to itself, while the Germans expected the whole world to behave like them. But the whole world didn't.

'Chock-full of extraordinary characters, amusing anecdotes and shocking insights' Observer

'A tour de force... All those questions you've half-asked yourself: nowhere else will you find them answered with such incisive wit or terrifying clarity' Mail on Sunday


  • I liked it

    By Bristukette
    The author manages to explain complex financial crisis with normal human being words, and with good sense of humour I recommend it.
  • Boomerang

    By Haii there
    With thanks to Michael Lewis I understand a little more! Keith - Sheffield UK
  • Nice book

    By Joro-S
    Interesting and easy to read.
  • Another Michael Lewis winner!

    By SunilRaja
    Typically Michael Lewis style - extremely informative, easy to read, shocking and amusing all at the same time. Great insight into how countries finances collapsed. Lewis brings out those parts of the debacle that the press never covered or never got enough attention. Prepare to be shocked !
  • Boomerang

    By Cassdav
    I heard about this book on Radio 2, I think all politicians should read this book, both informative, funny, gob-smacking and stating the obvious that nobody else seemed prepared to hear, great stuff.