L. Richardson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (59 of 64)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,026,968 - Total Helpful Votes: 59 of 64
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly astonishing, 26 April 2010
I'll be brief: this book, and the revelations of risk and carelessness within it, is nothing short of astonishing. It's more so when you consider that the same government that has put its hand in our pocket to bail out these institutions, is the same one that created a regulatory environment that allowed this grand fraud - one perpetrated at the expense of those least able to afford it - to be carried out for such extraordinary profit. All credit (ahem) is due to the traders that saw the risk and were able to profit from it. Those that built the position that caused the investment banks to disintegrate should be in jail.
Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A recurring character in Moondust is that of the conspiracy theorist forever trying to get astronauts who took part in NASA's Apollo program to admit that the moon landings of 1969 to 1972 never took place. He is one of an apparently growing number convinced that NASA staged an elaborate hoax, something for the newly facilitated satellite TV networks.
Of course, the further we are from Apollo - 34 years and counting - the more far fetched it seems and perhaps the conspircy theorists aren't that far from the truth. Andrew Smith concludes, in the end, that all Apollo was about was zeitgeist and escapism.
Set against the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, the… Read more
Playing With Fire: The Autobiography by Nasser Hussain
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I ploughed through this in a couple of days. It is an immensely readable book by a very engaging man. Hussain appeals to me: he really wants to get inside the heads of the people he admires or doesn't understand. Steve Waugh, Andy Caddick, Tim Lamb and others all merit more than passing mentions as those players and administrators who Hussain has come across.
But this is far more than a chronological trot through English cricket in the 1990s. We see the sources of Hussain's huge passion to succeed and impress his father. We read about the staggering acts of will Hussain submitted himself to to drag the English game from its lowest edd during and after the 1999 World Cup.
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