The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (CD-Audio)

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Featuring an Exclusive Audio Interview with Michael Lewis

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: 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.

The crucial question is this: 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?

Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his #1 bestselling Liar’s Poker. Who got it right? he asks. Who saw the ever-rising real estate market for the black hole it would become, and eventually made billions of dollars from that perception? And what qualities of character made those few persist when their peers and colleagues dismissed them as Chicken Littles? Out of this 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 times.

Michael Lewis, “is the finest storyteller of our generation.”—Malcolm Gladwell

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ISBN 9781442300057
Genre BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
Format CD-Audio
Publisher Date 2010-03-15 00:00:00.0
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Copyright Year 2010
Height 5.8 in
Wdth 5.0 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 0.54 lb
Language English
Subtitle Inside the Doomsday Machine
Volume Number 8
Edition Detail Unabridged
Audience General/trade
Authors Lewis, Michael
Country of Origin United States

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