- Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
- Verlag: Coronet Books; Auflage: New edition (21. Oktober 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0340767006
- ISBN-13: 978-0340767009
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 19,8 x 2 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 221 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 499.409 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Liar's Poker: Playing the Money Markets (Coronet Books) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 21. Oktober 1999
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'An amazing book, readable, funny and mind-boggling ... one of the great business books of all time' -- Punch 'If you thought Gordon Gekko of the Wall Street movie was an implausibly corrupt piece of fiction, see how you like the real thing. This rip-the-lid-off account of the bond-dealing brouhaha is the work of a real-life bond salesman ... Read all about it: headlong greed, inarticulate obscenity, Animal House horseplay ...' -- The Sunday Times 'Immense verve and wit' -- 20/20 Magazine 'A highly immoral book' -- Daily Mail 'Wickedly funny' -- Daily Express 'As traders would say, this book is a buy' -- Financial Times 'A highly immoral book' -- Daily Mail
From mere trainee to lowly geek, to triumphal Big Swinging Dick: that was Michael Lewis' pell-mell progress through the dealing rooms of Salomon Brothers in New York and London during the heady mid-1980s when they were probably the world's most powerful and profitable merchant bank. A true-life "Bonfire of the Vanities", funny, frightening, breathless and heartless, his is a tale of hysterical greed and ambition set in an obsessed, enclosed world.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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If you buy a second hand book- it will look like a brand new one- folks reads it over one night!
Exactly what is "the new new thing"? This moment's answer may be wrong by the time you finish reading this sentence. Really? Yes. Especially in the Silicon Valley, the next "new new thing" is the 21st century's equivalent of the Holy Grail. The problem is, as Lewis carefully explains, it is often an illusion..and even when manifest, it can so quickly become obsolete. "Silicon Valley to the United States what the United States is to the rest of the world." What is that? Briefly, "the capital of innovation, of material prosperity, of a certain kind of energy, of certain kinds of freedom, and of transience." As I soon discovered when reading the first few chapters, Lewis has written a literary hybrid: it combines the dominant features of the picaresque novel (featuring a central character who seeks and experiences a series of adventures) with the sequential essay (separate but interdependent discussions of a common subject). Lewis introduces his concept of "the searcher" who seeks the "new new thing" and "conforms to no well-established idea of what people should do for a living. He gropes. Finding the new new thing is as much a matter of timing as of technical or financial aptitude, though both of those qualities help." Lewis employs the searcher inorder to examine -- and understand -- a process which creates "fantastic wealth" in the Silicon Valley. The searcher is a "disruptive force" as he gropes his way along, constantly on the move...his mind moving much more quickly than his feet, preferring to live perpetually "with that sweet tingling discomfort of not quite knowing what what it is he wants to say. It is one of the little ironies of economic progress that, while it often results in greater levels of comfort, it depends on people who prefer not to get too comfortable." The searcher, for example.
Are we to believe that people who grope their way through life, wandering through the Silicon Valley, are playing a major role (a wholly new role) in wealth creation? Exactly. (This is a mentality and a behavior which Guy Claxton discusses so well in Hair Brain Tortoise Mind.) The main character of this story "had a structure to his life. He might not care to acknowledge it, but it was there all the same. It was the structure of an old-fashioned adventure story. His mere presence on a scene inspired the question that propels every adventure story forward: What will happen next? I had no idea. And neither, really, did he."
Throughout this book, as Lewis casually but precisely tells his "story", we are introduced to some of one of the most successful residents of the Silicon Valley, Jim Clark, who proves to be the "story's" central character. For Lewis, Clark embodies "a vast paradigm shift in American culture" from conventional models and visions of success toward an entirely new way of thinking about the world and control of it. Central to Lewis' discussion of Clark is Clark's sailboat Hyperion, the world's tallest single-mast vessel. There seems to be a progressive pattern of symbiotic relationships: United States < > Silicon Valley < > the searcher < > Jim Clark < > Netscape < > Healtheon < > Hyperion < > ? Revealingly, in Lewis' Epilogue, we are told that Clark has already begun work on the design of a new sailboat. "Hyperion was nice, but this...this was the perfect boat." At least for now.
What Lewis reveals is a restless mentality in constant search of the next "new new thing." His focal point may be Clark but, in my opinion, he is really examining the global economy in the 21st century which will continue to be driven by that mentality. There will always be a newer, better browser...a newer, better sailboat...a newer, better whatever. Men and women unknown to us now are "groping" to find them. And eventually they will...but will not then be satisfied. "Searchers" never are.
As for the content of the book, I found it very informative. Although I work in high tech, I am not someone who keeps up with the who's who of Silicon Valley. It was very interesting to learn about Jim Clark and his role at SGI, Netscape, and Healtheon, as well as his passion for discovery and his disdain for traditional corporate organizations. He's one of the few engineers to 'make it over the fence', and get the financial reward he deserved without selling out and becoming 'managerial'. If you are an engineer or other technical specialist who's watched executives rake in the big salaries, bonuses, and stock options while you're worried if your annual raise will keep up with inflation, you'll cheer him on.
His yacht, Hyperion, was an important foil to Jim Clark's character. It seems superfluous at first, but it gives insight into his need to find new ways to conquer and control through technical wizardry. Michael Lewis brings this adventure to life, even if you, like me, could care less about sailing.
I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and the narration, and have been recommending this book to all my friends.
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