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Author Lewis, Michael (Michael M.)

Title Boomerang : travels in the new Third World / Michael Lewis.

Imprint New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2011.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  330.90511 L587b 2011    ---  Available
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  330.9051 Lew    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xxi, 213 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents The biggest short -- Wall Street on the tundra -- And they invented math -- Ireland's original sin -- The secret lives of Germans -- Too fat to fly.
Summary 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 pi~nata 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. - Publisher.
Subject Global Financial Crisis, 2008-2009.
International finance.
Financial crises -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
ISBN 9780393081817 (hardcover)
0393081818 (hardcover)

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