Posts Tagged ‘Michael Lewis’

Book Review, Review: Michael Lewis on John Lanchester's

Book Review, Review: Michael Lewis on John Lanchester’s “Capital”

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

I learned from Michael Lewis’ article in this month’s New York Review of Books that the English have a particularly literary strength compared to us Yanks. After quoting a passage from John Lanchester’s Capital featuring the inner quotidian dialogue of a Londoner named Ahmed, Lewis observes: You can find this sort of thing on every other [&hellip

Book Review: Boomerang - Travels in the New Third World

Book Review: Boomerang – Travels in the New Third World

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

Back in College, in social science classes, we learned never to rely on cultural explanations.  Professors excised culturally deterministic phrases from our analysis: “The Spanish society tends to…The African American culture explains…Inevitably, Catholic norms led to… ” Cultures change, as does our view of them, the intellectual posits, and culture drops out as a powerful [&hellip

Book Review: The Big Short, Inside the Doomsday Machine

Book Review: The Big Short, Inside the Doomsday Machine

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

In one obvious respect, The Big Short follows Michael Lewis’s winning formula for a blockbuster book on sports or finance: character sketches so compelling, funny, and sympathetic that he makes an arcane industry understandable by the average reader. Less recognized, but even more impressive, however, Lewis bucks the dominant trend in media coverage of the [&hellip

Book Review: Liar's Poker

Book Review: Liar’s Poker

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

Simply the best. In the short list of the best books about Wall Street, Liar’s Poker needs to be on top. Can you remember the first time you met The Human Piranha? How about a Big Swinging Dick? Have you wondered where and when and who created mortgage bonds on Wall Street? Have you read [&hellip