Edited by the best-selling author of Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis, Panic! The Story of Modern Financial Insanity gives us a completely new insight into how markets really operate - and who really knows what they're talking about. From Black Monday to the Asian financial crisis, from the internet bubble to mortgage meltdown, our lives are ruled by ...
Edited by the best-selling author of Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis, Panic! The Story of Modern Financial Insanity gives us a completely new insight into how markets really operate - and who really knows what they're talking about. From Black Monday to the Asian financial crisis, from the internet bubble to mortgage meltdown, our lives are ruled by crazy cycles of euphoria and hysteria that manage to grip the world but are all-too-soon forgotten. In this unique collection of articles Michael Lewis - ex-trader and best-selling chronicler of greed and frenzy in the markets - casts a sceptical eye back over the most panicked-about panics of recent decades. He tells a story of boom and bust, deranged greed, out sized egos and over-inflated salaries, where the only thing that can ever be predicted is our constant inability to predict anything. Using contemporary accounts from commentators such as Joseph Stiglitz, Jeffrey Sachs and Paul Krugman, plus many of his own best writings, Lewis conveys the mood before each catastrophe, what it was like in the heat of the moment, how, afterwards, we tried to explain away the chaos - and then failed to learn from it before the whole process started all over again.
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Publishers Weekly, 2008-11-17 Lewis (Liar's Poker) takes readers on a spin through notable recent financial catastrophes including the stock market's 1987 crash, the Russian default and related failure of hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management, the Asian currency crisis, the Internet bust and the recent subprime debacle. While the collection is comprehensive and contains varied and learned commentary, the presented crises beg for more thorough treatment. Lewis is content to rehash the past with (undeniably compelling) previously published analysis by the likes of economists Joseph Stieglitz and Paul Krugman and Wall Street Journal reporters Gregory Zuckerman and Roger Lowenstein. The author wisely includes excerpts from his books and articles, including an account of his time as a trader at Salomon Brothers in the midst of the junk bond crash of 1987 and his observations on the Internet boom and bust. The narrative is certainly elegant and the arguments are on-target; the author lambastes shoddy risk management at financial firms, the "foolish principles that have guided the behavior of sophisticated Wall Street traders" and the common man in this current crisis, and the problems caused "by the new complexities of the financial markets," but readers seeking serious solutions to our current woes will be disappointed. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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