The Money Culture

The Money Culture

by Michael Lewis


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393338652
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/14/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 601,413
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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


Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

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

Acknowledgments 279

Where and When They First Appeared 281

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The Money Culture 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
sthitha_pragjna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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".
dvf1976 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
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