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Liar's Poker (Hodder Great Reads)

Liar's Poker (Hodder Great Reads) [Kindle Edition]

Michael Lewis
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Lewis takes the reader through his schoolboy's progress as trainee and geek in the trading room, to high-powered swashbuckler. The author has a puckish appreciation for the comic. Yet he also has the knack of explaining precisely how complex deals really work. He provides the most readable explanation I've seen anywhere of the origin within Salomon Brothers of the mortgage-backed securities market....It is good history, and a good story. "


'An amazing book, readable, funny and mind-boggling ... one of the great business books of all time' -- Punch 'Read all about it: headlong greed, inarticulate obscenity, Animal House horseplay ...' -- The Sunday Times 'Immense verve and wit' -- 20/20 Magazine 'A highly immoral book' -- Daily Mail 'Wickedly funny' -- Daily Express 'As traders would say, this book is a buy' -- Financial Times

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More fun than serious 23 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Anybody looking for a sober review of the financial markets in the 1980's and/or Salomon Brothers' role in it will be disappointed. However, as a review of one man's experience on Wall Street, it is suoerb. Michael Lewis is a wonderful storyteller, and he writes this book so that you don't need a deep knowledge of finance to enjoy it.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic with a new relevance today 29 April 2009
By P. Bade
Lewis' 'Liar's Poker' was an instant classic upon publication. Yet it had an adverse effect: instead of being read as the critical account it was intended to be, an entire genereation of investment banker's used this book as a 'how to' guide and a prime resource of information on how to survive on Wall Street or in the City of London.

At present it attains a new relevance: the book can be read as am account of the culture that lead to the problems in the financial system.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Liar's Poker offers you a journey into the world of a sophisticated money-making machine: a global investment bank.

As an ex- Bankers Trust employee, I can claim I have met many people similar to the characters in the book, and I can say the characters, events, their habits appear very well pictured. Even though it is technical at times, this book is light years away from many boring books like "see how smart I was making my fortune".

This book explains a lot about how money was made and lost during these times. It gives examples of strategies and market context. More importantly it also shows you of people's greed, fear and the consequences of that. It illustrates relations within junior and senior staff in a bank like this in a very honest way.

The most exciting thing about it is that the author keeps a distance to events, millions of profit, important people and institutions mentioned in the book. Few of people working inside such an institution can say that.
I have recommended Liar's Poker to some people, and it seems it has changed the way they see their jobs and careers. Finally, this book makes you think - that is what good books are about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intensely Prophetic, from a 2011 perspective! 16 Nov 2011
Just finished it: My second Michael Lewis read (my first being The Big Short) and another highly enjoyable, amusing and insightful take on how Wall Street and, in particular, the bond markets operate. While possibly a bit slight on the technicalities and a bit heavy on the gossip (hence the four star rating), it nevertheless achieves what I believe was its primary aim; to open up up Wall Street to a wider public viewing. Despite the fact that it was published circa 1988, it includes some very portentuous observations, that are absolutely relevant to the US and Europe's current economic standing. Pity I didn't read it all those years ago; I could have made a small fortune working off its predictions. Roll on to Lewis' next tome. I'm now a total convert
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 12 April 2010
By Hugo
A very good book; funny, true, captivating and which can also teach you a few things in finance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Story 10 Aug 2009
A superb story from one of the employee's of the greatest banks to ever be established on Wall St. Once my lecturer recommended it to me i knew i had to read and thus i conclude by saying that it was well worth the time spent reading. I did not only learn about the insides of an investment bank and the daily work carried by them but also skills which will be of much use in the future. This is a must read for any student studying Economics.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 17 Nov 2009
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Compared to the Barbarians at the Gate - the best book on the greed and ambition of the financial world, that I have ever read - I would give 4 stars to the Liar's poker. It's also a great read (no wonder that author has been working as a journalist for a time), but it lacks the quality of backgrounds for people, companies and events that Barbarians at the Gate provides. Sometimes, author also moves away from the main topic and the general thread is lost to the reader.

Nevertheless, it is probably one of three must-read's for anyone interested in financial inovations and excessees of the 80-ies: Barbarian's at the Gate (corporate finance), Liar's poker (bonds/mortgages) and Predator's ball (junk bonds).
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Liar's Poker (Hodder Great Reads) 16 May 2011
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LIAR'S POKER is written by Michael Lewis to document his experience of a young man's college life and the maze of choosing combination of subjects in order to earn a competitive degree in the labour market. After his experience as salesman in London where an invitation to a royal banquet gave him the link to Salmon Brothers at Wall Street.
It is a story of treachery, naivety, classroom drama and corporate staff indiscipline told in a funny manner with mischievous wit.
The practice of horse trading, mortgage financing, bond, money and stock trading and factoring were analysed minutely into its constituent elements. The ignorance of the rich public/investors of how Wall street operates makes a pathetic reading. This is a serious tutorial in MBA class delivered with humour.
Fannie Mae and Salmon Brothers were to face a financial crisis that corroborated the author's account of large scale impropriety that looked like poker's game at Wall Street.
Once you start reading the book you wouldn't like to drop until you've read the last page.
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25 years on, Liar's Poker remains a classic Michael Lewis book. Unlike other books by this writer, Lewis is no mere journalist, but the insider telling his own story of Salomon... Read more
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Full of amazing facts. Very interesting read. I learned lots about how the markets work and how it's all one big betting shop!!
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Gripping read, and you feel when you come to the end that you understand what was going on in the financial world during the last few decades a whole lot better. Read more
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