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“Michael Lewis possesses the rare storyteller’s ability to make virtually any subject both lucid and compelling. . . . Combining his easy familiarity with finance and the talents of a travel writer, Mr. Lewis sets off in these pages to give the reader a guided tour through some of the disparate places hard hit by the fiscal tsunami of 2008, like Greece, Iceland and Ireland, tracing how very different people for very different reasons gorged on the cheap credit available in the prelude to that disaster. The book — based on articles Mr. Lewis wrote for magazine — is a companion piece of sorts to , his bestselling 2010 book about the fiscal crisis. . . . Mr. Lewis’s ability to find people who can see what is obvious to others only in retrospect or who somehow embody something larger going on in the financial world is uncanny. And in this book he weaves their stories into a sharp-edged narrative that leaves readers with a visceral understanding of the fiscal recklessness that lies behind today’s headlines about Europe’s growing debt problems and the risk of contagion they now pose to the world.” — Michiko Kakutani (New York Times)
“Lewis’s rare gift as a guide through the world of credit default swaps and sovereign debt doesn’t come simply from his deep understanding of how the global financial system works . . . also his skill as a storyteller, his ability to tell the larger tale through fascinating human stories of greed, excess, and self-delusion.” — Chuck Leddy (Boston Globe)
“[Lewis’s] explanations of thorny financial processes are surprisingly compelling, his characters entertaining.” — Jessica Loudis (BookForum)
Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, The Money Culture, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game, The Big Short, and Boomerang, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.
This was the first book I'd read by Michael Lewis. He is a really good writer (I have since read three other of his books). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vince Marinelli
fantastic read that explains how the greedy american bankers screwed most of the developed world in 2008
Michael Lewis is a very funny and entertaining writer. Read more
Michael Lewis is a good writer, a little cynical sometimes and also a king at spotting hilarious behavior in the financial world; in the case of boomerang, he describes four... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michel Hebert
One of the most interesting books of this type that I have read. The mind boggles at the greed, arrogance and stupidity of those who are supposedly leading the financial community... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Edmund Burke
Michael Lewis has a voice and a critical intellect that shines through murky worlds where people want things kept obscure. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Richard Schwindt
Lewis, a good story teller, gives the reader a background of many of the causes of the financial meltdown, including some of the cultural reasons.Published on July 2 2013 by Wayne Crookes
It's a little scary to know our delicate world economy depends on human judgement and moral authority, or lack of it. Read morePublished on April 10 2013 by Gordon D Lamont