Quicklet on Michael Lewis' The Big Short
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ABOUT THE BOOK
I became a Realtor in 2000, when an opportunity presented itself. I had been a journalist, slaving away at a small and insignificant newspaper in a small and insignificant town when I was offered a position creating marketing materials for a Real Estate company in a not-too-distant city. I had no idea that taking that job would thrust me in the middle of the worst financial crisis my generation would know. From that marketing position, I went to work for a Realtor and was licensed shortly thereafter. The rest, as they say, is history.
When I first saw The Big Short appear at the bookstores, I was delighted. Finally, someone could explain what the hell had happened during that crazy time period that began about the time I was licensed and ended when the market exploded in middle America. At the same time, I was secretly a little afraid that there would be a list tucked inside with the names of Realtors who had sold subprime mortgages.
At the time, I didn’t really understand what was happening; all I knew was that the sky was falling at an accelerated pace. Michael Lewis did the research and has put the whole story together in one place. In “The Big Short,” he manages to turn credit default swaps, collateralized debt obligations and subprime mortgage bonds into things that will make sense to most people. If they’re anything like me, they’ll finish the book weeping.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Kristi L. Waterworth is an experienced writer and a member of the Hyperink Team, which works hard to bring you high-quality, engaging, fun content. Happy reading!
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
The Big Short isn’t simply a follow up to Liar’s Poker, as some reviewers (and even its author) have claimed, it is the tale of the result of the world that Liar’s Poker documents. The 1980’s were an unrestrained era of greed that continued to build quietly until Wall Street collapsed into a broken heap in the mid 2000’s. Michael Lewis was in a unique position to document the fall of the system in The Big Short, being a former inside man now on the outside.
Using the stories of the few traders who came out on top of the mess, Lewis follows the subprime mortgage disaster from its more recent roots straight to its end. Men like Michael Burry, Steve Eisman and Charles Ledley didn’t know what they were seeing when they first caught wind of subprime mortgage bonds, but they each had a feeling that something sinister was lurking beneath the exotic products that were being created from these risky investments.
This New York Times Best Seller is worthy of the accolades it has claimed, considering that it manages to be a cautionary tale while clearly explaining financial instruments that weren’t even as clear to the people who were buying and selling them at their height. Lewis’s combination of terror, education and the brief joy of the underdog succeeding in an apocalyptic landscape creates a sort of road map to the destruction of the subprime mortgage markets, as well as the bruising of a substantial chunk of the global financial markets.
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