The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker. Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from... show more
The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker. Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush. Liar’s Poker is the culmination of those heady, frenzied years—a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in American business. From the frat-boy camaraderie of the forty-first-floor trading room to the killer instinct that made ambitious young men gamble everything on a high-stakes game of bluffing and deception, here is Michael Lewis’s knowing and hilarious insider’s account of an unprecedented era of greed, gluttony, and outrageous fortune.
Publish date: March 15th 2010
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 310
Edition language: English
This was a real page turner. Lewis takes the reader back to the late 70s and all through the 80s and tells the story of one "rogue" investment bank, Salomon Brothers, Inc. There is a big section of this rather short (249 pages) book that is devoted all to Lewis Rainrie and his newly conceived mortga...
I am a big fan of Michael Lewis so it is hard for me to be objective in a review but I do think this book is brilliant.Personally I have not ready a better book that sums up the greed and gluttony of 1980's Wall Street.One thing that I found fascinating, especially with our recent financial collapse...
Interesting Wall St memoir - Lewis worked for an investment bank in the late '70s through to beyond the '87 crash. The anecdotes from actual time in the business keep this a surprisingly fun read. Lewis is quite funny and cutting about his fellow traders, but never completely absolves himself eithe...
I feel like I should like Michael Lewis more than I actually do.
I enjoyed this book, but I didn't love it. It was Lewis' first book, and it shows. Not necessarily in a bad way, but it simply wasn't as gripping as his later attempts. I would only recommend to those who are interested in the origins of the mortgage bond market as in introduction (or follow-up, ...