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

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

by Michael Lewis
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ISBN-10:
0140143459
ISBN-13:
9780140143454
Pub. Date:
10/28/1990
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group

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Overview

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

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 Lewis shows us how things really worked on Wall Street. In the Salomon training program a roomful of aspirants is stunned speechless by the vitriolic profanity of the Human Piranha; out on the trading floor, bond traders throw telephones at the heads of underlings and Salomon chairman Gutfreund challenges his chief trader to a hand of liar's poker for one million dollars; around the world in London, Tokyo, and New York, bright young men like Michael Lewis, connected by telephones and computer terminals, swap gross jokes and find retail buyers for the staggering debt of individual companies or whole countries.

The bond traders, wearing greed and ambition and badges of honor, might well have swaggered straight from the pages of Bonfire of the Vanities. But for all thier outrageous behavior, they were in fact presiding over enormous changes in the world economy. Lewis's job, simply described, was to transfer money, in the form of bonds, from those outside America who saved to those inside America who consumed. In doing so, he generated tens of millions of dollars for Salomon Brothers, and earned for himself a ringside seat on the greatest financial spectacle of the decade: the leveraging of America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140143454
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1990
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Lewisis the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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

Preface 9(4)
1 Liar's Poker
13(5)
2 Never Mention Money
18(14)
3 Learning to Love Your Corporate Culture
32(22)
4 Adult Education
54(25)
5 A Brotherhood of Hoods
79(24)
6 The Fat Men and Their Marvelous Money Machine
103(31)
7 The Salomon Diet
134(18)
8 From Geek to Man
152(33)
9 The Art of War
185(21)
10 How Can We Make You Happier?
206(23)
11 When Bad Things Happen to Rich People
229(18)
Epilogue 247

What People are Saying About This

Tom Wolfe

The funniest book on Wall Street I’ve ever read.

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Liar's Poker: Rising through the Wreckage on Wall Street 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
LidlessEyesWatchingDoor More than 1 year ago
The Bang for your Buck is in the last 60 pages; the rest is vanity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Michael Lewis does a great job the bring the experience of a Bond Trader in wall street to its reader. The book goes into good detail about the events that unfolded at Salomon Brothers during his time there, and gives you a whole new perspective on the industry. Definitely worth reading
FairfieldU2011Grad More than 1 year ago
as a finance major this provides a wonderful jump back into the 1980s at Salomon Bros...i read this after reading The Big Short but I will definitely go back and reread it again with a better understanding of Lewis' style and the mortgage bond market...a must read for any student in business...will be looking to purchase more books by Lewis...he has a unique style to put you into the atmosphere of the story
ktrock More than 1 year ago
A classic! Lewis takes the reader through all the ironic twists of being on Wall Street in the '80s.
Mark Kuczora More than 1 year ago
great read even for beginners. hard to quantify greed in this world but this comes close. great intro for novices. i wish i read it sooner
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This book is so hilarious and gives a birds eye view of investment banking. A potentionally snoozer of a subject had me laughing at how audacious the powers that be eere in the book. Great read
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