I give it 5 stars because it is real. But it is in total an immoral story, unsavoury in the extreme. That such unpleasant people exist was news to me, but news that is therapeutic and informative. The late catatrophe among the banks is explicable in terms of mismanagement, criminality, self interest and so on. Because prejudice is so politically incorrect a book that displays the nastiness of those who offend against the law, common sense and ethics may be unpopular. My prejudice against them grew from this book and I am content with it. In some sense it is a relief to discover that these people are loutish, ill-mannered, greedy and incompetent. If they were not, it would be harder to let loose the full extent of our wrath. Michael Lewis is to be congratulated for writing it down as it happened without the varnish. The pity is that in contemorary life, it does not cause the shock that it should. The establishment wants to move on. I would like there to be a pause, a moment's public reflection, a reckoning and a collective acknowledgement of the shame that this brings upon us all. Else why read books?