The Big Short
- Inside the Doomsday Machine
- Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
- Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-15-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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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 number-one best-selling 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 best sellers, proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our times.
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By Michael on 11-21-13
One of My Favorite Analysis
I have read a bunch of books about the 2007 financial crash. By focusing on the people that made a lot of money from the crash, this book explains quite clearly the underlying causes of the crash. Unfortunately this book requires a bit of understanding of how markets and financial products work. If you have these basic understandings, this is the best of the bunch of books examining the 2007 crisis. Not only were the characters quite fun to read about, but the story helped explain the underlying causes of the crisis in an interesting and compelling way. I generally recommend this as a great place to start if you want to understand the mechanics of what happened in the financial crisis of 2007.
22 of 22 people found this review helpful
By Jillie on 03-31-10
Finally, I understand what happened!
I could not believe how captivated I was by this book from start to finish. I have no interest in Wall Street, stocks, bonds etc, but this book brought that world to life for me. If you have ever wondered what caused the meltdown in our economy this book will answer that question and then some. It was scary, entertaining and most of all a cautionary education about the true nature of our economy and it's fragility. Download it and listen... you will never look at your investments the same way again.
53 of 55 people found this review helpful