Michael Lewis The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

Last updated date: July 19, 2019

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Michael Lewis The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

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In our analysis of 31 expert reviews, the Michael Lewis The Big Short placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Michael Lewis has written from the perspective of a financial insider for more than 20 years. His first book, Liar's Poker, was a warts-and-all account of Wall Street culture in the 1980s, when Lewis worked at the investment bank Salomon Brothers. Everything Lewis has touched since has turned to gold, and The Big Short seems to be another of those books, combining an incendiary, timely topic with the author's solid, insightful, and witty investigative reporting. Only the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette criticized what it felt was a rush job of writing and a failure to integrate the individual stories. Few readers will care for the message here (despite laugh-out-loud moments of absurdity), but Lewis is a capable guide into the world of CDOs, subprime mortgages, head-in-the-sand investments, inflated egos--and the big short. However, as Entertainment Weekly points at, if you're only going to read one book on the topic, perhaps this should not be the one.

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What experts liked

This book is a good read—albeit an eye opening and cautionary tale.
- New York Journal of Books
Lewis writes of the goats and of the few who saw what the emperor was wearing, and gives them, most memorably, what they deserve. He proves yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our times.
- Book Browse
The book does a great job of conveying the complexity of the industry, so that the reader can understand the key components of the crash: mortgage bonds; credit default swaps (CDS); collaterised debt obligations (CDO); tranches; long and short bets; and the role of the ratings agencies etc.
- The Bookslamist
In The Big Short, he brings his art and craft to bear on the twisted people and inept institutions that crashed the world’s engines of finance.
- Publishers Newswire
March 11, 2017 | Full review

What experts didn't like

The one criticism I have of the book is that it gives the impression that the crash was the product of a combination of stupidity, greed, limited regulation, and hubris.
- The Bookslamist

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