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In this shrewd and wickedly funny book, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake's progress through a powerful investment bank. From an unlikely beginning (art history at Princeton?) he rose in two short years from Salomon Brothers trainee to Geek (the lowest form of life on the trading floor) to Big Swinging Dick, the most dangerous beast in the jungle, a bond salesman who could turn over millions of dollars' worth of doubtful bonds with just one call.

With the eye and ear of a born storyteller, Michael Lewis shows us how things really worked on Wall Street. In the Salomon training program a roomful of aspirants is stunned speechless by the vitriolic profanity of the Human Piranha; out on the trading floor, bond traders throw telephones at the heads of underlings and Salomon chairman Gutfreund challenges his chief trader to a hand of liar's poker for one million dollars; around the world in London, Tokyo, and New York, bright young men like Michael Lewis, connected by telephones and computer terminals, swap gross jokes and find retail buyers for the staggering debt of individual companies or whole countries.

The bond traders, wearing greed and ambition and badges of honor, might well have swaggered straight from the pages of Bonfire of the Vanities. But for all thier outrageous behavior, they were in fact presiding over enormous changes in the world economy. Lewis's job, simply described, was to transfer money, in the form of bonds, from those outside America who saved to those inside America who consumed. In doing so, he generated tens of millions of dollars for Salomon Brothers, and earned for himself a ringside seat on the greatest financial spectacle of the decade: the leveraging of America.

In fiction there was Bonfire of the Vanities; in reality, there is Liar's Poker--the fascinating insider's account of what really happens on Wall Street. This irreverent and hilarious birds-eye view of Wall Street's heyday will appeal to anyone intrigued by the allure of million dollar deals. Now in trade paper.

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

    " Even if you think you don't care about business, and even though the content is dated. Great writing doesn't go out of style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Murray | 2/9/2014

    " Very relevant to our current times, great background on Sub-Prime etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben Singer | 1/22/2014

    " I think I will never read news of the bond market, traders, and the big wall street firms the same way ever again. Really really great fun to read even knowing where the story is going to go. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lincoln Clark | 1/20/2014

    " Warning this book is pretty profane. However I picked it up and found myself stranded on a lake with it and could not put it down, and it was not because of the horrible language, which I have to admit at parts made it very real and funny. It was just the first "Wall Street" book that I have read that is not obsessed with the stock market but rather the dull and boring bond market(which is much bigger than the stock market but doesn't get near the attention). The author give his own account as an Investment Banker with Soloman brother in the 80's and all the ego's involved. Interesting enough Soloman brothers was the first firm to issue a collateralized mortgage obligation or "CMO" in the 80's, which have gotten a lot of press as of late. "

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