I was looking forward to this book after hearing an interview with Seth Godin, but there is very little in the 4 1/2 hours that isn't self evident to any reasonably educated professional. The book may be valuable at the high school or early college level in exposing students to ways of thinking about a career/profession.
I'm a huge Michael Lewis fan but this book should have been an Atlantic magazine article or ebook.
I listened to about an hour of the book and most of the negative reviews are spot on. The book is completely derivative and the author is self aggrandizing about his accomplishments as a former top ping-pong player in Britian. Achieving that status is anything gives some insight into success but hearing the narrator drone on about the topic was too tiresome for me.
After 10 hours of listening and many well thought out, thorough explanations, I still can't coherently explain what a CDO is... And this is exactly the point of the book. Michael Lewis does an amazing job of allowing the reader the vantage point of the book's protagonists, who become increasingly more incredulous as they learn about the financial system they are betting against. Good stuff.
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