Perhaps because I've read SO much good journalism about this and heard Michael Lewis speak on it so eloquently on radio & TV, the pace of this account was hard for me to get into. I found it slow, with explanations of default swaps and collateralized debt obligations and short sells that I've become bored of since the crash. I suspect the written book trumps the audio because you can skim dry economic explanations whereas the narrator has to plod through them slowly. You'll need to be willing to put in time and effort for this one. I'm not.
It's true that this book is a bit dated. It was written right after 9/11 and it speaks from the mindset of that time.
But Bill Maher is so hilarious and so passionate, and he reads his own prose with such character, that this is a delight.
If you enjoy hearing his piece to camera at the very end of each episode of Real Time, this is basically like three brilliant hours of that. I don't agree with everything he says, but boy can he make a point.
A total joy.
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