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Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street | [Michael Lewis]

Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street

It was wonderful to be young and working on Wall Street in the 1980s - never had so many 24-year-olds made so much money in so little time. In this shrewd and wickedly funny audiobook, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake's progress through a powerful investment bank.
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It was wonderful to be young and working on Wall Street in the 1980s - never had so many 24-year-olds made so much money in so little time.

In this shrewd and wickedly funny audiobook, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake's progress through a powerful investment bank. From an unlikely beginning (art history at Princeton?) he rose in two short years from Salomon Brothers trainee to Geek (the lowest form of life on the trading floor) to Big Swinging Dick: a bond salesman who could turn over millions of dollars' worth of doubtful bonds with just one call.

A born storyteller, Michael Lewis shows us how things really worked on Wall Street. The bond traders, wearing greed and ambition as badges of honor, might well have swaggered straight from the pages of Bonfire of the Vanities. But for all their outrageous behavior, they were in fact presiding over enormous changes in the world economy. Lewis' job was to transfer money, in the form of bonds, from those outside America who saved to those inside America who consumed. In doing so, he generated tens of millions of dollars for Salomon Brothers and earned for himself a ringside seat on the greatest financial spectacle of the decade: the leveraging of America.

©1989 Michael Lewis; (P)1990 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"His description of the firm's personalities and of the events from 1984 through the crash of October 1987 are vivid and memorable. Readers of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities are likely to enjoy this personal memoir." (Library Journal)

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    Yegor Miami Beach, FL, United States 04-20-11
    Yegor Miami Beach, FL, United States 04-20-11
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    "Never get it ABRIDGED!"

    An amazing book, gives you an insight on the investment banking. I've read the actual book and there are so many interesting details missed in the Abridged version!! Get it in full!!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    David Ann Arbor, MI, United States 06-01-10
    David Ann Arbor, MI, United States 06-01-10 Member Since 2008
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    great book but abridgement ruined the audiobook

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    Lan Hamilton, NY, USA 01-14-08
    Lan Hamilton, NY, USA 01-14-08
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    "Liar's Poker"

    If you are interested in sales and trading or investment banking in general, this is the book to read.
    The mischievous yet exciting inside world of a successful financial institute through the detached viewpoint of a bond salesman is extremely captivating, educative and, above all, entertaining

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Saud 04-30-10
    Saud 04-30-10

    Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.

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    "A Perspective of the Financial Industry"

    For most people, Wall Street and finance are mysterious black boxes. This book is a story about one person who spent some time working in Wall Street in the mid 1980's to early 1990's.

    For the curious, this book shows some of the inner workings of Wall Street.

    For those with connections to the financial sector, this is an eye opener.

    For the uninitiated, this is an accessible book which explains complex financial instruments in very easy to understand language.

    At only three hours, there's no reason not to get this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Guilford, CT, United States 09-03-11
    Richard Guilford, CT, United States 09-03-11 Member Since 2007
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    This is so infuriating that Audible posts abridged versions of books. This sounding like it could be a great book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 07-07-10
    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 07-07-10 Member Since 2005

    Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.

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    "Tthe Petty Adolescences that was Wall Street"

    This is a classic work about the culture of Wall Street in the '80. It's as childish and as deceptive as you suspect.

    The best part of the book is the little narrations. They stand out like little skits. And tell the story in such an evocative way.

    However, the abridgment is too severe. Some of the charm is lost.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan 07-25-13
    Bryan 07-25-13
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    "Bad recording"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To eliminate the random music playing throughout the book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Liar's Poker?

    Good story, but not well recorded


    How could the performance have been better?

    To eliminate the random music playing throughout the book


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Good story


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Taoyuan HsienTaiwan 11-18-07
    David Taoyuan HsienTaiwan 11-18-07
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    "Big Swinging Wimps"

    I bought this book in paperback when it came out. I enjoyed it then. The audiobook was decidedly less satisfying. Michael Lewis (author/narrator)has a voice that sounds exactly what you would think an art history major from Princeton would sound like. Hardly the big swinging wha-cha-ma-call-it which he said was the career goal of everyone at Salomon Bros. -- even the women Vulgarity is a major part of the book. Don't buy this audiobook if you are not thoroughly used to locker room language. That means you can't listen to it in the car driving the kids home from kindergarten. Mother-in-laws will not appreciate the colorful language either.

    All in all, the guys who buy bonds all want to be seen as tough by their friends and ladies. Take no prisoners. Hells Angels who talk with authority about duration, yield curves, and Treasury Strips. Yeah... Right... None of them would dare take a stroll through Battery Park at night or walk calmly east of Amsterdam Ave after 11 pm.

    Tom Wolfe was right.

    But still the book is fun for looking back on the wild 80's. Well worth the price.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tsz Hong Kong, Hong Kong 05-27-13
    Tsz Hong Kong, Hong Kong 05-27-13
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    "Entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to Liar's Poker the most enjoyable?

    Its the writer himself playing his stories, really down to earth approach.


    What other book might you compare Liar's Poker to and why?

    An entertaining perspective of the dull finance world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The way he got his job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Play the game.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent. Just too short.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Santerre 12-01-12
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    "Not much story here"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I kept waiting for the story to develop but it never happened.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Lewis before, how does this one compare?

    Disappointing.


    What aspect of Michael Lewis’s performance would you have changed?

    His performance as a narrator was OK.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would ask for a refund.


    Any additional comments?

    Editors should have said: Michael this is a good first draft but you must have more than a Show and tell on what I did this summer. Maybe, just maybe, it is because of all the shocking stories we have heard about Wall St. that make this one seem just so-so. Stories about Wall St. characters making fat salaries, smoking fat cigars and getting fat generally get tiring after a while. Oh, and don't forget, they rip people off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • researchschoar
    9/21/14
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    "My journey into non-fic started here"
    What did you like most about Liar's Poker?

    Back in 2002 i read this book, as a paper copy, i must say that was start of my non-fiction reading side.
    Aftr abt 12 yrs i purchased this book as audible.
    Liked the book. :)


    What other book might you compare Liar's Poker to, and why?

    Micheal lewis:)
    Can b compared with - Den of theives,


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    One hand
    One million
    No tears


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eastcote, United Kingdom
    4/3/13
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    "A bit short and rather boring"

    A little short and rather boring this book seemed to rushed and lacked any flow to me. Some basic observations of traing life but little insight

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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