The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

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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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User Review  - ozzie65 - LibraryThing

I would like to start by saying that I think many average Joe’s saw this coming. I came home from work one day in 2005 or 2006 shaking my head. Many people I worked with were constantly refinancing ... Read full review

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Listened to as audiobook. Hard book to listen to unless fully paying attention to the details and listening for large swaths of time. Most interesting thing about this book were the comments made by ... 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, and Flash Boys. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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