The #1 New York Times bestseller—Now a Major Motion Picture from Paramount Pictures
From the author of The Blind Side and Moneyball, The Big Short tells the story of four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predict the credit and housing bubble collapse before anyone else. The film adaptation by Adam McKay (Anchorman I and II, The Other Guys) features Academy Award® winners Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei; Academy Award® nominees Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling.
When the crash of the U.S. stock market became public knowledge in the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread. Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? In this fitting sequel to Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis answers that question in a narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor.
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About the Author
Date of Birth:October 15, 1960
Place of Birth:New Orleans, LA
Education:Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985
Table of Contents
Prologue Poltergeist xiii
Chapter 1 A Secret Origin Story 1
Chapter 2 In the Land of the Blind 26
Chapter 3 "How Can a Guy Who Can't Speak English Lie?" 61
Chapter 4 How to Harvest a Migrant Worker 85
Chapter 5 Accidental Capitalists 104
Chapter 6 Spider-Man at The Venetian 136
Chapter 7 The Great Treasure Hunt 160
Chapter 8 The Long Quiet 179
Chapter 9 A Death of Interest 200
Chapter 10 Two Men in a Boat 226
Epilogue Everything Is Correlated 253
What People are Saying About This
I’ve joined a lot of other people in just finishing Michael Lewis’s book, The Big Short, and it’s really an eye-opener of what was going on at the time that this real estate bubble was created.
I read it, marked it up for my staff, underlined it, made copies and asked them to read it.
I recommend everyone within the sound of my voice to read [this] book.
[A]n incredible piece of commentary on Wall Street.
If you’re wondering if there’s importance or an urgency to this issue, read the book The Big Short by Michael Lewis, and then, when you’re finished reading, come back to the floor and say that you support this amendment [on financial reform].