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Lewis 's rare gift as a guide through the world of credit default swaps and sovereign debt doesn t come simply from his deep understanding of how the global financial system works . . . but also from his skill as a storyteller, his ability to tell the larger tale through fascinating human stories of greed, excess, and self-delusion. --Chuck Leddy

Michael Lewis possesses the rare storyteller 's ability to make virtually any subject both lucid and compelling. . . . Combining his easy familiarity with finance and the talents of a travel writer, Mr. Lewis sets off in these pages to give the reader a guided tour through some of the disparate places hard hit by the fiscal tsunami of 2008, like Greece, Iceland and Ireland, tracing how very different people for very different reasons gorged on the cheap credit available in the prelude to that disaster. The book based on articles Mr. Lewis wrote for Vanity Fair magazine is a companion piece of sorts to The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, his bestselling 2010 book about the fiscal crisis. . . . Mr. Lewis 's ability to find people who can see what is obvious to others only in retrospect or who somehow embody something larger going on in the financial world is uncanny. And in this book he weaves their stories into a sharp-edged narrative that leaves readers with a visceral understanding of the fiscal recklessness that lies behind today 's headlines about Europe 's growing debt problems and the risk of contagion they now pose to the world. --Michiko Kakutani

Lewis's rare gift as a guide through the world of credit default swaps and sovereign debt doesn't come simply from his deep understanding of how the global financial system works . . . but also from his skill as a storyteller, his ability to tell the larger tale through fascinating human stories of greed, excess, and self-delusion. --Chuck Leddy

Michael Lewis possesses the rare storyteller's ability to make virtually any subject both lucid and compelling. . . . Combining his easy familiarity with finance and the talents of a travel writer, Mr. Lewis sets off in these pages to give the reader a guided tour through some of the disparate places hard hit by the fiscal tsunami of 2008, like Greece, Iceland and Ireland, tracing how very different people for very different reasons gorged on the cheap credit available in the prelude to that disaster. The book -- based on articles Mr. Lewis wrote for Vanity Fair magazine -- is a companion piece of sorts to The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, his bestselling 2010 book about the fiscal crisis. . . . Mr. Lewis's ability to find people who can see what is obvious to others only in retrospect or who somehow embody something larger going on in the financial world is uncanny. And in this book he weaves their stories into a sharp-edged narrative that leaves readers with a visceral understanding of the fiscal recklessness that lies behind today's headlines about Europe's growing debt problems and the risk of contagion they now pose to the world. --Michiko Kakutani

[Lewis's] explanations of thorny financial processes are surprisingly compelling, his characters entertaining. --Jessica Loudis

Michael Lewis possesses the rare storyteller s ability to make virtually any subject both lucid and compelling. . . . Combining his easy familiarity with finance and the talents of a travel writer, Mr. Lewis sets off in these pages to give the reader a guided tour through some of the disparate places hard hit by the fiscal tsunami of 2008, like Greece, Iceland and Ireland, tracing how very different people for very different reasons gorged on the cheap credit available in the prelude to that disaster. The book based on articles Mr. Lewis wrote for Vanity Fair magazine is a companion piece of sorts to The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, his bestselling 2010 book about the fiscal crisis. . . . Mr. Lewis s ability to find people who can see what is obvious to others only in retrospect or who somehow embody something larger going on in the financial world is uncanny. And in this book he weaves their stories into a sharp-edged narrative that leaves readers with a visceral understanding of the fiscal recklessness that lies behind today s headlines about Europe s growing debt problems and the risk of contagion they now pose to the world. --Michiko Kakutani"

[Lewis s] explanations of thorny financial processes are surprisingly compelling, his characters entertaining. --Jessica Loudis"

Lewis s rare gift as a guide through the world of credit default swaps and sovereign debt doesn t come simply from his deep understanding of how the global financial system works . . . also his skill as a storyteller, his ability to tell the larger tale through fascinating human stories of greed, excess, and self-delusion. --Chuck Leddy"

Kurzbeschreibung

As Pogo once said, "We have met the enemy and he is us."
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.

Icelanders wanted to stop fishing and become investment bankers. 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.

Michael Lewis's investigation of bubbles beyond our shores is so brilliantly, sadly hilarious that it leads the American reader to a comfortable complacency: oh, those foolish foreigners. But when he 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1494 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 241 Seiten
  • Verlag: W. W. Norton & Company; Auflage: 1 (28. September 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005CRQ2OE
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Verbesserter Schriftsatz: Aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen 8 Kundenrezensionen
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I've read all of Michael Lewis's books, and this one is astonishing.

As ever, the financial/economic analysis is spot on, and the author has an unerring knack for seeing through swirls of events and extracting the few watershed ones that lead to fateful developments. His description of the one decision that led to the Irish meltdown, for instance, is vintage Lewis.

But whatever happened to Michael Lewis? His comments on the countries he visits seem often gratuitously downputting, sometimes outright bigoted, and unwarranted. How did this manuscript go through without major editing? According to the author, most Icelanders are quote mousy-haired and lumpy unquote (well, I spent a week there, and from what I saw that's just a totally random description), the Greeks are all jaundiced and worse, we're treated to several astonishing, recurrent pages expounding forth as to how the Germans are deeply obsessed with human faeces (I lived in Germany for a couple of years and I can reassure you, this is utter random nonsense), somewhere he met with an official who happened to be trim and hairless and we're treated to several pages of how all 'fit white men who shave their heads' think and are and behave and what personal mantra they should have or not have. Did I pay good money to read such nonsense? Unbeknownst to us, was the author all along really a bigoted, provincial boeotian? Does the author believe he advances his own reputation with such fare? Totally puzzling. I'm still scratching my head.
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beleidigend, rassistisch, voller Vorurteile und weit entfernt von jeglichem seriösen Journalismus. NICHT KAUFEN - erst reinlesen und von dem Müll überzeugen.

Seine anderen Bücher habe ich in Teilen als spannend und erkenntnisreich empfunden - umso mehr hat es mich überrascht, dass dieses Buch derart hässlich und abwertend gegenüber anderen Nationen verfasst wurde.
Ich bin sehr traurig darüber, dass das Einzige was Hr. Lewis auf seinen "ausgeprägten Deutschlandreisen" über Deutsche zu sagen hat ist, dass Sie "Fäkalien liebende Nazis sind." Das sich seine Reisen auf den Hamburger Rotlichtbezirk reduzieren ("wo Deutsche Ihr Wochenende verbringen") erwähnt er nur beiläufig. Wie kann ein Autor ein derartiges Buch veröffentlichen und sich noch morgens im Spiegel anschauen können.

Ich hoffe für Ihn, dass er seinen krankhaften Gedanken unter Kontrolle bekommt und würde mir wünschen, dass dies sein letztes Buch war. Alles Andere wäre Verschwendung von Papier.
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Das "Buch" besteht aus einer Einleitung und 5 Kapiteln - 4 Kapitel sind dabei bekannte Vanity Fair Artikel aus den vergangenen Jahren - neu sind somit nur der Anfang und der Schluss. Trotzdem ist der Aufbau stringent, da die Artikel chronologisch den Verlauf der Krise abbilden.
Insgesamt ist das Buch so immer noch gut, aber es fehlt deutlich die Qualitaet/Tiefgang, die sonst die Buecher von Lewis ausmachen. Es ist auch sehr schnell gelesen, da es nur so 200 Seiten hat. Wer die Vanity Fair Artikel kennt, sollte sich das Geld sparen.
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As most of Lewis books its a funny and interesting read. However, it misses its point. The economic narrative is not really accurate, and his description of Greeks, Germans and co. is pretty insulting. After 200 pages you do not really think that you have wasted your time, but you have the strange sensation that Lewis never actually went to any of the places he described and that you learned very little. If anything, you now have a biased view on Europe and its problems.
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