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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,609 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Lewis Narrator: Dylan Baker Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Big Short, Liar’s Poker, and The Blind Side!

The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge.

The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a piÑata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

The trademark of Michael Lewis’s bestsellers is to tell an important and complex story through characters so outsized and outrageously weird that you’d think they have to be invented. (You’d be wrong.) In Boomerang, we meet a brilliant monk who has figured out how to game Greek capitalism to save his failing monastery; a cod fisherman who, with three days’ training, becomes a currency trader for an Icelandic bank; and an Irish real estate developer so outraged by the collapse of his business that he drives across the country to attack the Irish Parliament with his earth-moving equipment.

Lewis’s investigation of bubbles beyond our shores is so brilliantly, sadly hilarious that it leads the American listener to a comfortable complacency: Oh, those foolish foreigners. But when Lewis turns a merciless eye on California and Washington DC, we see that the narrative is a trap baited with humor, and we understand the reckoning that awaits the greatest and greediest of debtor nations.

“No one writes with more narrative panache about money and finance than Lewis.”

—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Michael Lewis possesses the rare storyteller’s ability to make virtually any subject both lucid and compelling. In his new book, Boomerang, he actually makes topics like European sovereign debt, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank not only comprehensible but also fascinating.”

    New York Times

  • Lewis has a wonderful talent for distilling complicated stories, whether bond trading in New York (Liar’s Poker) or a baseball-analysis revolution in Oakland (Moneyball), in simple terms and with telling detail. Boomerang…doesn’t disappoint on this score.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Essentially an offbeat travelogue, Lewis’s latest examines the recent global financial crisis by visiting the locales that have faltered beyond reasonable expectation… Easily devoured in one sitting, Lewis manages to gracefully explain what happened with a unique regard for both the strengths and weaknesses of humankind.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • Lewis’s books are always excellent and always best sellers, so this should be at the top of your list.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2011 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lindsey | 2/18/2014

    " Fantastic insight into the global economic crisis written in classic Michael Lewis style --humorous anecdotes punctuated with economic lessons. He makes you forget you are learning something about the way the world works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ian | 2/15/2014

    " Interesting and well written, though it's obvious that it was original a series of magazine articles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Stash | 2/6/2014

    " Interesting read about the recent global financial meltdown. Lewis not only explains the crisis in relatively straightforward language but also has several meaningful insights into the cultures of the nations that he profiled that help illustrate the whys as well as the hows of the various financial issues. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Damian | 2/5/2014

    " I liked "The Big Short", but in "Boomerang" Michael Lewis comes across as an arrogant, bemusedly condescending gringo, with all the depth of a bubble gum commercial. He weaves a competent story, or series of stories, really, each based in a different country hit hard by the financial meltdown of 08. But each story comes off as glib and over-simplified, and the author himself as really just a big cock. "

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