The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (Movie Tie-in Editions) (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—Now a Major Motion Picture from Paramount Pictures

From the author of The Blind Side and Moneyball, The Big Short tells the story of four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predict the credit and housing bubble collapse before anyone else. The film adaptation by Adam McKay (Anchorman I and II, The Other Guys) features Academy Award® winners Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei; Academy Award® nominees Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling.

When the crash of the U.S. stock market became public knowledge in the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread. Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? In this fitting sequel to Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis answers that question in a narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor.

About the Author

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

Praise For…

One of the best business books of the past two decades.
— Malcolm Gladwell

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.
— Michiko Kakutani

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

Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393353150
ISBN-10: 039335315X
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 16th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: Movie Tie-in Editions