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Michael Lewis retired from being a bond salesman at the age of 28, having risen from being a mere trainee to become a "big-swinging-dick", a bond salesman who could shift millions of pounds worth of bonds with just one phone call. Michael Lewis...
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Rise and Fall of Salomon Brothers
I really enjoyed reading this book about the rise and fall of Salomon Brothers, told through the eyes of Michael Lewis, who worked for them early in his career.

My favorite part of this book was his humor about his real-life experiences, as well as the inside look at what life on wall street was really like back then.

my only gripe about this book was the end was clearly biased against the wall street firms, and I could definately tell the author was biased as well, which kind of ruined the story behind it for me.... but overall it was a good book and worth the read.

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life of wall street
i think this book really depicts the life of wall street its funny and is probally the best book if you wanna get a day to day of how wall street really works is it is very humorus and funny and entertaing

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Most enterning book about financial markets
Michael Lewis is one of my favorite authors. You can laught reading his books but you will learn a lot about markets and about people.

It is a little bit old now as when you watch Oliver Stone's Wall Street movie. But you will enjoy it for sure.

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Great insight
Good book to show you how Wallstreet worked back in the 1980s. The author is a real good story teller. He has a gift for making you feel like your right there with him. I liked the book overall but it dragged on a bit at the end as its not a thriller with some climactic ending. Just a good overall book. A good read

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A little lacking
Coming from an "insider" this tells the story about the inner workings of the finance company rather beautifully. The situations created are hilarious and the author is certainly witty at times - which overall makes it a nice, light book to read. Some of the chracters created are very interesting and funny. However, I have two gripes. One, the author is unable to hide his dislike for his company's CEO and it comes out from the book that he is less than fair to him. Two, the book gets a little technical at times going into, for example, the details of how a mortgage bond work and why is better (or not) vis a vis a junk bond. Coming from a bond salesman they are not rather expected but they do take away the basic flow of the book. Overall a funny book with average grades.

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Good at first but falls off at the end
Coming from an "insider" this tells the story about the inner workings of the finance company rather beautifully. The situations created are hilarious and the author is certainly witty at times - which overall makes it a nice, light book to read. Some of the chracters created are very interesting and funny. However, I have two gripes. One, the author is unable to hide his dislike for his company's CEO and it comes out from the book that he is less than fair to him. Two, the book gets a little technical at times going into, for example, the details of how a mortgage bond work and why is better (or not) vis a vis a junk bond. Coming from a bond salesman they are not rather expected but they do take away the basic flow of the book. Overall a funny book with average grades.

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Loved it
In the 1980's, Michael Lewis was a neophyte bond salesman for Salomon Brothers in New York and London for four years. Liar's Poker is a high-stakes game the traders, salesmen, and executives play each afternoon, but it is also a metaphor for the Salomon culture of extreme risk-taking with immediate payoffs and clear winners and losers.

This is the story of how Lewis survived the training program, inept but mean-spirited management, an aborted take-over even featuring a white knight, layoffs and the 1987 market crash before quitting to find his real calling as a business journalist. While Lewis's career did not take off quickly, he eventually became a highly paid producer, although not in the league of the true top dogs.

Lewis tells the real story of Wall Street in both go-go and crash days with self-deprecating humor enlivened with his ecletic wit. Colorful and well-known Wall Street characters appear such as Michael Milken, Lazlo Birini, Warren Buffett, Bill Simon, Sr. and John Guetfruend. All business students need to read this as even those with advanced degrees in finance such as myself, will learn how things really work. The story of how the junk bond and collateralized mortgage backed security markets emerge is told to fill in a chapter in financial history. Perhaps most interesting is some of the political machinations, rampant at Salomon, which lead for example for Salomon to ignore the junk bond market, allowing others to flourish and eventually attempt to take-over Salomon using junk bonds.

Lewis also describes for all investors the conflicts of interest and lack of governance on Wall Street long before Eliot Spitzer and Arthur Levitt became the champions of the little guy. My next step is to read Lewis's later books.

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Fun read
Does not teach you much about trading or investing but it definitely teaches you about how the financial companies worked and treated each other back then. This book definitely shows one how the financials on wall street looked like, jocks and fraternities. lol.

Fun and silly book to read but definitely a must read to learn about the history of wall street, this is one of those books where you just lay out on a nice Saturday to read.

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