Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street

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In this shrewd and wickedly funny book, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake's progress through a powerful investment bank. From an unlikely beginning (art history at Princeton?) he rose in two short years from Salomon Brothers trainee to Geek (the lowest form of life on the trading floor) to Big Swinging Dick, the most dangerous beast in the jungle, a bond salesman who could turn over millions of dollars' worth of doubtful bonds with just one call. With the eye and ear of a born storyteller, Michael ...

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ArcherFan

Nov 3, 2011

Great Book!

This was a fun and interesting book to read abut Wall Street.

KleineAlteLadi

Jun 3, 2010

Liar's Poker

A hoot! And informative, too. Hey, you can read this while the kids (or grandkids) are despoiling your hearing and your husband is nagging you to cook dinner. You will have fun and learn much. And the photo of the author is better than anything on TV these days.

SalukiSlew

Jan 22, 2009

Getting to know Michael Lewis

I bought this book for the purpose of learning about Michael Lewis before I buy some of his subsequent and more recent books about Wall St. Although it is rather dated, it is an enjoyable intro. to the behind scenes and driving ideas of Wall St.'s mortgage market. Liar's Poker is informative and certainly worth a look. Michael is a talented writer and good story teller. I look forward to buying more of his books. As for the poker games, way outa my league!

case8

Jan 10, 2008

Bond market of 80's close to sub-prime crisis

Micheal Lewis's book is entertaining, though a bit rambling.

The most striking thing to me about the book, however, is how similar the 1980's bond market was to today's sub-prime mortgage crisis. Both seem to revolve around the 'securitization' of questionable debt -- how often do we have to repeat the same mistakes?

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