The Big Short Inside the Doomsday Machine

Michael Lewis

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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(R) winners Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei; Academy Award(R) 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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ISBN – 9780141043531
Publisher – Penguin Books, Limited
Format – Paperback
Publication Date – 27/01/2011
Dimensions – 196mm X 131mm
Categories – Business and Economics

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Michael Lewis’s brilliant tragi-comic romp across Europe shows how the financial crisis is about to hit everyone in the face.

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Right now, Europe is in serious financial chaos. In Greece, infrastructure costs mean it would be cheaper to transport all Greek rail passengers by taxi, and hairdressing is classified as arduous for tax avoidance purposes. In Iceland, Range Rovers frequently explode as owners collect the insurance to pay for them. Ireland saw the entire country put up for sale – to itself, while the Germans expected the whole world to behave like them. But the whole world didn’t.
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