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Boomerang: Travels In The New Third World
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on May 29, 2015
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on May 26, 2015
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. I couldn't put it down and bought copies for many of my friends.
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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 contenders for the Big joke award, being Iceland,Greece,Ireland and Germany.
The story is short (200 pages) , precise and well documented as always, for the books Lewis writes.
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on July 17, 2014
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 in these countries.
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Michael Lewis has a voice and a critical intellect that shines through murky worlds where people want things kept obscure. There was a great deal of embarrassment, grief and loss following the finacial debacle of 2008. Lewis went on the road to investigate and as always spared no prisoners. His account in incisive, funny and well worth the read.
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on July 2, 2013
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.
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on April 10, 2013
It's a little scary to know our delicate world economy depends on human judgement and moral authority, or lack of it.
At least the Greeks didn't work hard at trying to mask their lack of it. I, for one, am buying Gold.
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on April 5, 2013
I have read several of Michael's books and this is one of his best. Michael points out how many nations monetary systems all started to come apart at the same time, just in different formats. The prime culprit in each case was easy credit and excessive greed. This easy to read overview of half a dozen different countries gives a macro view of the world with cheap credit and lax rules allowing massive leverage. After reading Boomerang I have a much better understanding of what went wrong during the credit crisis!
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on November 3, 2012
Lewis demonstrates with great panache that one book can be funny, brilliant and dead wrong, all at the same time. In Lewis's case, this is aggravating. His assessments of world fiscal situations have the ring of freshness, experience, truth and wisdom, yet his assessments of people, often quite humorous, are unsteady and thus undercut whatever it is he wishes to say about the economic situation, which is a lot. He seems somewhat unaware of his own presence, so when he walks down an Icelandic street and enters a series of collisions with Icelandic men, it doesn't seem to occur to him that he may have broken a social rule about how strangers pass on a street. Instead he belittles Icelandic society. It gets worse. He slams the Germans, for instance, for having a language and a culture built around images of filth, without noting that American culture does the same thing. Another example: he spends a lot of time harassing people from numerous countries for ridiculous and irresponsible behaviour, yet when he comes to his native California he glosses over the same irresponsible behaviour as if it weren't even there. That's cowardly and untrustworthy. Buy a box of salt, enjoy Lewis's style, hold your nose when he goes off the deep end, and read this as a model, in style and form, that can lead to a truly great book in the hands of a different writer. By all means, read it, though. There's some real smart stuff in here, in a refreshing format. Just beware. People aren't totally his thing.
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on October 27, 2012
There was no need for Michael Lewis to go to Europe to understand what was going on during the latest financial crisis. Although the chapters on Greece, Iceland, Ireland and Germany are fine to read and full of details, neither of these countries describes more accurately the gravity of the situation than the last chapter about California.
Lewis is following former governor Arnold Schwarzenneger on his bike in 2011, and we can see right in this part on California's debt and relation of its people with money and taxes, where everything has started. You won't learn that much by reading this if you've already read "The big short", but Lewis is a great storyteller. And this story is still going on. A year after this book has been published, the eurozone is stil in big trouble. It's frightening.
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