The Money Culture

  • by Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by Alexander Cendese
  • 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The 1980s was the most outrageous and turbulent era in the financial market since the crash of ’29, not only on Wall Street but around the world. Michael Lewis, as a trainee at Salomon Brothers in New York and as an investment banker and later financial journalist, was uniquely positioned to chronicle the ambition and folly that fueled the decade.
In these trenchant, often hilarious true tales, we meet the colorful movers and shakers (or did they call themselves Big Swinging Dicks?) who commanded the headlines and rewrote the rules. Whether he is analyzing the unsavory details of the RJR Nabisco takeover or flaying American Express, Michael Lewis brings to task a wicked pen and a triumphant sense of humor.


What the Critics Say

"One of our most entertaining writers.... The Money Culture rivals Liar’s Poker in giggle-inspiring quality.” (BusinessWeek)
"One of those rare works that encapsulate and define an era.” (Fortune)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not the normal great Michael Lewis

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Better story flow. Seems like a bunch of random short stories with no real defined message to the reader.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Somewhat fitting.

Have you listened to any of Alexander Cendese’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I think he's a great narrator. He did a great job keeping me interested in a rather unorganized story line.

Could you see The Money Culture being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

I read the reviews that said this was not Lewis' best work, yet I insisted on purchasing the audio book anyway. Micheal Lewis is one of my favorite authors and I enjoy anything related to finance, but even I was bored at times. Lewis still does a great job writing in a witty and humorous manner, but the underlying story just isn't there. It's just a bunch of short stories thrown together that are similar to "Liar's Poker" but not nearly as good. You can probably pass on this one, and instead just re-listen to "Liar's Poker" or "The Big Short".

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- Me

Great Book

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent overlay between the consequences of what happened (most of which I wasn't really aware of) and the cultures that influenced the directions of things. It was interesting from start to finish.

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- joespi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio