By Michael Lewis
The genuine tale of the crash started in strange feeder markets the place the solar does not shine and the SEC does not dare, or hassle, to tread: the bond and actual property spinoff markets the place geeks invent impenetrable securities to benefit from the distress of lower--and middle--class americans who cannot pay their bills. The clever those who understood what was once or can be taking place have been paralyzed by means of desire and worry; at least, they were not speaking.
Michael Lewis creates a clean, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and darkish humor, a becoming sequel to his no 1 bestseller Liar's Poker. Out of a handful of unlikely--really unlikely--heroes, Lewis models a narrative as compelling and weird as any of his past bestsellers, proving another time that he's the best and funniest chronicler of our time.
The number 1 New York Times bestseller: "It is the paintings of our best monetary journalist, on the most sensible of his online game. And it's essential to reading."—Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair
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