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am 17. April 2012
Liefert gute Einsichten in die Welt des Bondhandels in den 80-er Jahren. Einiges davon ist heute noch existent, manches schon überholt. Sprache teilweise fachspezifisch, aber gut verständlich.
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am 24. Oktober 1999
How boring, a book on bond trading, I thought when someone gave me this book for a gift. Thanks a lot (grrrr)! But, boy, was I happy to have been given this book after I started it. It is riveting, hilarious, educational, insightful. Lewis is utterly a disciple of Tom Wolfe's, and he almost does Tom Wolfe better than Tom Wolfe does, and that is a total compliment. While Wolfe has disappointed with his fiction writing, we can be grateful that we have Lewis to turn to for brilliant nonfiction, now that Wolfe isn't producing any (other than the occasional article in FYI). I even read LIAR'S POKER twice. The sign of a truly wonderful writer, is one who can write about something seemingly boring, and make it riveting. Lewis pulls that off here.
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am 26. Juni 1999
Last summer I worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs (the Salomom Brothers of the 90's). Going to NYC I expected to find the phone throwing backstabbing, disrespectful jerks in the book. What I did find was 90hr 6 days work weeks. The traders and salesmen were highly intense, intelligent, and most of all stressed. I did come across a few traders who still had the same mentality of the traders in the book. However, most of the "Liars Poker" types Wall Streeters have left. I actually met about three people in the book including Mike Mortara now head of fixed income @ Goldman.
My advice read this book. But, even after reading this book if you want a Wall Street career be prepared to give up you life and sleep.
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am 13. April 1997
Liar's Poker reminded me of Voltaire's Candide and gave me comparable laughs. When a trader tells the young trainee Lewis that he is lower than "whale shit on the ocean floor", he recoils to a corner at the trading room "feeling the warmth of the whale shit". This is one of the funniest books I've read. Cynical, with the perfect timing of comedy, full of insights into the machinery of greed, it portrays Wall Street as the ship of fools. And at the last chapter, if you read between the lines, you will agree that he, too, concludes that the best choice is still to care for you own garden...
Read it and enjoy! Believe me, I never lie.
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am 28. März 2000
Michael Lewis knows how to tell some nice anecdotes about life on Wall Street, but after the first 20 pages, it's largely a tale of the stresses of bond trading. He does go into some detail about how the deregulations of the 1980's allowed for many interesting types of trading, but it remains largely dull for the rest of the book.
If you're looking to be entertained, a better book about Wall Street would be Bombardiers by Po Bronson. After reading both books, it's very obvious that Bronson was heavily influenced by Liar's Poker, but by being pure fiction, allows for more interesting and sympathetic characters and is far funnier.
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am 23. Juni 1998
A survival guide, if you will, for all prospective wall street wannabes in college. Michael Lewis is one of the only authors aside from P.J. O'Rourke who can make the inner working of economics and trading seem amusing to the average reader. While all of us have our own view and biases of the crazy trading and greed of the eighties, Mr. Lewis offers an astute and often humorous account of his experiences as a trader of bonds to clients who were as clueless as himself about what they were doing. A must read for all, not just economic gurus. Ben Stein himself couldn't give a more amusing tale of wall street.
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am 29. November 1999
Though Liar's Poker was written roughly a decade ago and Wall Street has changed somewhat since then, it is still a humorous and pertinent read. Lewis' prose flows well and pauses occasionally to bring his reader historically up to date. As a memoir, it is the only one I've found that truly takes you into the mind and life of a Wall Street trader. Perhaps it is time for someone to write about the late 90's equivalent of the hotshot Lewis...the Wall Street Research Analyst.
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am 24. Februar 2000
... that Mr. Lewis describes, and worked for the fixed income trading desk, so I know for a fact most of his descriptions are pure fiction. As for the rest, he has taken three years of events, embellished and exaggerated them, and presented them as if they occurred in a single day, creating an image of out-of-control mayhem in the company.
Mr. Lewis is a mediocre writer at best, lacking in financial expertise, and interested solely in pulp gossips and self-promotion. If you wish to read an actually well-written book on Wall Street, read "Barbarians at the Gate", "Market Wizards" or "Money Machine" - skip this trash.
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am 4. März 2000
Do you want a great laugh? Well I had one with this book. Normally it takes a while to warm me up, but Lewis did the job in 10 pages. The book gives a good impression about 'the big swinging ...', but watch out. Don't start reading, if you don't have the time to finish it the same day. The book kept me out of the pool for a hole day on my vacation, so, for all you big swingers, have fun and buy the book...(I read the book 2 years ago, but it's still in my head! )
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am 28. Mai 2009
An excellent book. One wonders sometimes if some of the things aren't perhaps just a little exaggerated... but they could just be completely true. Altogether, though, the gist is easy to get: Wall Street firms (at least in the 80s) were/are not well organized and are ruled by a culture of testosterone and risk-taking. No surprise really, but to see it in action can still be shocking and informative.
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