The classic warts-and-all portrait of the 1980s financial scene.
The 1980s was the most outrageous and turbulent era in the financial market since the crash of '29, not only on Wall Street but around the world. Michael Lewis, as a trainee at Salomon Brothers in New York and as an investment banker and later financial journalist, was uniquely positioned to chronicle the ambition and folly that fueled the decade.
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About the Author
Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.
Date of Birth:October 15, 1960
Place of Birth:New Orleans, LA
Education:Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985
Table of Contents
Part I New World 1
Christmas on Wall Street 5
Leave Home Without It: The Absurdity of the American Express Card 11
Eddie the Chop House Boy 21
Bulldog Bull 39
Mary Cunningham, Meet Ward Cleaver 47
Franky's Longest Mile 55
Leveraged Rip-Off 63
Ski Lift Tiff 73
Barbarians at the Trough 79
The Mystery of the Disappearing Employees 87
Mr. Wall Street Goes to Washington 95
How Wall Street Took the S & Ls for a Ride 103
When Bad Things Happen to Rich People 111
People in Glass Penthouses... 119
Milken's Morals and Ours 127
Horatio Alger Trumped 133
Taken for a Ride on the Customer's Yacht 141
Part II Old World 163
"Do You Have a Fire in Your Belly?" 167
Les Golden Boys 173
Don't Cry for Me Guacamole 181
Portrait of the American as a Bond Salesman 187
What the British Can Learn from American History 193
Slicing Up Europe for Fun and Profit 199
Part III Other World 207
How a Tokyo Earthquake Could Devastate Wall Street 211
The New York Investment Banker Abroad 233
Japanese Takeout 243
Pickens' Lickin' 249
Kamikaze Capitalism 255
The Japanese Art Bubble 263
A Wall Street Yankee in the Imperial Court 271
Where and When They First Appeared 281
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Lewis is a great read. I guess I would prefer a book as opposed to a series of articles. Would have liked the publication dates to be included in the chapter headings for context.
I read Micheal Lewis all out of order, so I was a bit disappointed with this book. It consists of various sketches or short commentaries or transcribed interviews, rather than a persisting theme. The subject matter is the "greed of the eighties". The tone is moralistic. I think the book fails thus in a way which its companions do not: neither its illustrious predecessor the trnchantly funny "The Liar's Poker" (which shares one aspect with this book i.e. kiss-and-tell of Salomon Brothers) nor its successors, detailing the insightfully researched changes brought about for better or for worse by the e-boom and bust and the advent of the internet, told in "The New New Thing" and in the "Next: The Future Just happened".
I enjoy Michael Lewis's work.Lately I've been thinking about how much society is based on what-you-can-get-away-with. Michael Lewis seems to have a pretty fair eye for this, and bringing that to bear on Wall Street.