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Liar's Poker (Norton Paperback) [Paperback]

Michael Lewis
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14 May 2010 Norton Paperback
Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street s premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush. Liar s Poker is the culmination of those heady, frenzied years a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in American business. From the frat-boy camaraderie of the forty-first-floor trading room to the killer instinct that made ambitious young men gamble everything on a high-stakes game of bluffing and deception, here is Michael Lewis s knowing and hilarious insider s account of an unprecedented era of greed, gluttony, and outrageous fortune."

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  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (14 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780393338690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393338690
  • ASIN: 039333869X
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 14.1 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book that revealed the truth about London and Wall Street. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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22 of 23 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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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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4 of 4 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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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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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a shame 29 Aug 2014
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?
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