A template for understanding recent financial market shenanigans based on human behavior and human limitations (of intellect, pride, greed). Lewis is always entertaining. Thoroughly enjoyable.
WOW! This book is informative and poignant.
He analyzes the behavioral traits of a society using historical and anecdotal evidence and then uses that evidence to explain how those traits related to each countries financial collapse (or involvement in a collapse). There were a few laugh-out-loud moments and many moments where I sounded smart at cocktail parties after listening to it.
Get this book. Very worth it. I'm definitely going to get his first (financial) book, "The Big Short"
P.S. I really try not to be an all 5's or all 1's guy. I hope that says something about the all 5's rating.
P.S.S. I can't believe the surprise twist ending when you find out his brother was his father AND he was a vampire all along.
Not as good as the Big Short, but good broad level information on what caused Europe's financial problems. Probably a bit simplistic, but informative, and enjoyable listening.
Throwing the California problems in seem out of context, but did hurt the overall theme.
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He almost makes the disturbing issues comical. I laughed more than once.
The Greek monks bribing government officials
I wonder if we're a step ahead or a step behind Europe.
As in the "The Big Short," Michael Lewis tells a somewhat technical story through stories about individuals and organizations and, in this case, societies. I enjoyed the combination of the story and Dylan Baker's "can you believe this" type of delivery. Somehow the mostly bad and even depressing news/information is presented in a way that's pretty enjoyable. There are certainly some oversimplifications and broad generalizations based on his personal experiences, but it's a good level of information to add to other information that someone may run across in understanding what's happening to the world's economic and financial system. I would highly recommend the book.
Interesting read with a lot of great stories, but overall, a bit disappointing as a follow-up to the superb "The Big Short."
A lot of the ground was the same as Lewis's previous, but it felt like a lot of bits and pieces that didn't fit into the earlier novel. A few entertaining bits, but far too much of a reliance on national stereotypes.
Good, entertaining and illustrative anecdotes of people and situations that contributed to the global economic downturn. A follow-up to Lewis's Big Short.