Liar's Poker (Hodder Great Reads) Paperback – 5 Jun 2006
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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)
The original classic that revealed the truth about ambition, greed and excess in London and Wall Street, by the author of #1 bestsellers The Big Short and Flash BoysSee all Product Description
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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.
If you are searching for a justification for the existence of people who make a huge amount of money out of a bit of financial alchemy, you won't find it here (or, truth be told, in any book written by anyone who still has the faintest grip on reality). But as a guide to the sort of people that inhabit Wall Street and The City there is none better. A page turner if ever there was one.
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.
The Audio version is narrated by Lewis, which is a mistake. His tone is a bit dull and hard to listen to. For some reason they also add in a totally unnecessary, 30 second, Seinfeld-type groovy tune at the start of the chapters over the narrator’s voice.
I’m a big fan of Lewis’ newer stuff, but I wasn’t convinced by this. Maybe I’m missing something, but anyone who works in an office could probably write a similar book.
One of the things that Lewis examines is the creation and development of the mortgage bond market, and the slicing and dicing of mortgages to be sold on to investors and which of course were implicated in the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Although there is a fair bit of detail, I didn't find it to be too technical nor overwhelming. Lewis writes well and provides enough detail for the lay man, but not too much.
On the whole I found this to be a very readable account and have been spurred to order Lewis's later books. His aim was to open up the activities of Wall Street & the Square Mile to the wider public and I think he achieved that objective.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very good in the way the characters and personalities are decribedPublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
personal narrative lets you into wall street for a few hours very nicelyPublished 1 month ago by artica
Badly written but interesting because of the subject matter. If you can stand the prose.Published 2 months ago by jtwoodfield
A must-read for anyone learning about the bond markets, or more generally one of history's great Wall Street autobiographies.Published 2 months ago by Jack Jordan