The Money Culture Paperback – 1 Mar 2011
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Journalism of a high order. . . . Lewis's insouciance is one of his great charms as a writer, along with a graceful prose style, a mordant wit, and a thorough grounding in the world of finance. . . . One of those rare works that encapsulate and define an era. "
The funniest and most trenchant commentator on the money-mad moguls reshaping our world today. "
One of our most entertaining writers. . . . The Money Culture rivals Liar's Poker in giggle-inspiring quality. "
With Lewis's puckish humor and inimitable writing style, the stories are entertaining and thought-provoking. "
One of our most entertaining writers The Money Culture rivals Liar's Poker in giggle-inspiring quality. "
Journalism of a high order Lewis's insouciance is one of his great charms as a writer, along with a graceful prose style, a mordant wit, and a thorough grounding in the world of finance One of those rare works that encapsulate and define an era. "
A modern resissue of a bestselling classic, by the author of Liar's Poker and Pacific Rift. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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However, "The Money Culture" originally published in 1991 is different. It is a book of essays following a loosely woven financial thread ranging from his antipathy to American Express, Wall Street, the morality of Michael Milken, Eddie Braverman, perhaps the most unethical share-trader and bouncer of personal cheques of all time, the extremely nasty and tetchy Nabisco takeover bid, gambling on derivatives in London and Paris, the cruel lesson taught to T Boone Pickens on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and other short essays. Each is an interesting 'cameo' that whips up your interest and then as quickly as it started, dumps you back to earth in a state of unfulfilled curiosity leaving you perhaps at best stirred enough to explore further on the various subjects and people covered. Books such as "Barbarians At The Gate" (by Burrough and Helyar) would certainly satisfy the most intense craving to throw light on the Nabisco takeover affair.
I found the most fascinating and hilarious cameo was the tale of Eddie Braverman, a character who surely would make a wonderful subject for a film of his nefarious financial wheeler dealer scams and his 'Keystone Cops' escapades in avoiding his creditors.
For lovers of collections of essays this book should appeal, to those who like more substance the appeal may not be as great.
The Japanese segments reads really badly in retrospect, criticising Japanese earthquake prooofing for example looks a bit silly given recent events demonstrated how remarkably resilient that nation is.
Anyone English is going to wince on the UK segment too. Lewis has developed into a fantastic author of (IMO) some of the most important books of and for the 21st Century, just not this one!
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Michael Lewis has never written a boring book, but this is not one of his best. The American Express bit is good though !Published 10 months ago by PATRICK
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