The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Paperback)

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We did not choose The Big Short as our Book of the Year for 2010 because it was our #1 bestselling title, although it was. We chose it because Michael Lewis can write, and he has a compelling and important story to tell. This book should be required reading for... everyone! We are all living the consequences of financial insanity, and seem doomed to repeat ourselves. Lewis is a voice of informed reason. Yet, despite the seriousness of his subject, he is never preachy or boring. The Big Short reads like a thriller, with larger-than-life characters. It is more informative, more fun and more infuriating, than you could ever expect from a book about banking.
Hudson Booksellers 2010 Book of the Year

— Sara, Atlanta


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.

About the Author

Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, The Undoing Project, and The Fifth Risk. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

Praise For…

No one writes with more narrative panache about money and finance than Mr. Lewis....[he] does a nimble job of using his subjects’ stories to explicate the greed, idiocies and hypocrisies of a system notably lacking in grown-up supervision....Writing in faintly Tom Wolfe-ian prose, Mr. Lewis does a colorful job of introducing the lay reader to the Darwinian world of the bond market.
— Michiko Kakutani - The New York Times

Superb: Michael Lewis doing what he does best, illuminating the idiocy, madness and greed of modern finance. . . . Lewis achieves what I previously imagined impossible: He makes subprime sexy all over again.
— Andrew Leonard -

One of the best business books of the past two decades.
— Malcolm Gladwell - New York Times Book Review

I read Lewis for the same reasons I watch Tiger Woods. I’ll never play like that. But it’s good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like.
— Malcolm Gladwell - New York Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393338829
ISBN-10: 0393338827
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 1st, 2011
Pages: 320
Language: English