By Michael Lewis

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The number 1 New York Times bestseller: a super account—character-rich and darkly humorous—of how the U.S. financial system was once pushed over the cliff. whilst the crash of the U. S. inventory industry turned public wisdom within the fall of 2008, it used to be already outdated information. the genuine crash, the silent crash, had taken position over the former 12 months, in strange feeder markets the place the solar doesn’t shine, and the SEC doesn’t dare, or trouble, to tread: the bond and genuine property by-product markets the place geeks invent impenetrable securities to learn from the distress of decrease- and middle-class american citizens who can’t pay their money owed. The clever those that understood what was once or should be occurring have been paralyzed via desire and worry; at the least, they weren’t talking.

The an important query is that this: Who understood the chance inherent within the assumption of ever-rising actual property costs, a possibility compounded day-by-day by means of the construction of these arcane, man made securities loosely in accordance with piles of uncertain mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a clean, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and darkish humor, a becoming sequel to his no 1 best-selling Liar’s Poker. Who bought it correct? he asks. Who observed the genuine property marketplace for the black gap it should turn into, and finally made billions of bucks from that conception? And what traits of personality made these few persist whilst their friends and co-workers pushed aside them as fowl Littles? Out of this handful of unlikely—really unlikely—heroes, Lewis models a narrative as compelling and strange as any of his prior bestsellers, proving all over again that he's the best and funniest chronicler of our occasions.

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A subprime auto loan is in some ways honest because it's at a fixed rate. They may be charging you high fees and ripping your heart out, but at least you know it. The subprime mortgage loan was a cheat. You're basically drawing someone in by telling them, 'You're going to pay off all your other loans--your credit card debt, your auto loans--by taking this one loan. ' But that low rate isn't the real rate. " Obsessing over Household, he attended a lunch organized by a big Wall Street firm. The guest speaker was Herb Sandler, the CEO of a giant savings and loan called Golden West Financial Corporation.

The vast assemblages of highly paid people inside them were worth, in her view, nothing. All through 2008, she followed the bankers' and brokers' claims that they had put their problems behind them with this write-down or that capital raise with her own claim: You're wrong. You're still not facing up to how badly you have mismanaged your business. You're still not acknowledging billions of dollars in losses on subprime mortgage bonds. The value of your securities is as illusory as the value of your people.

He was pressured to be a bit more upbeat, but upbeat did not come naturally to Steve Eisman. He could fake upbeat, and sometimes did, but he was happier not bothering. "I could hear him shouting into his phone from down the hall," says a former colleague. "Joyfully engaged in bashing the stocks of the companies he covered. " Eisman stuck to his sell rating on Lomas Financial, even after the Lomas Financial Corporation announced that investors needn't worry about its financial condition, as it had hedged its market risk.

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