Boomerang: Travels In The New Third World
  • Boomerang: Travels In The New Third World
  • Boomerang: Travels In The New Third World
  • Boomerang: Travels In The New Third World
ISBN: 0393343448
EAN13: 9780393343441
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 4, 2012
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 8.1" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Big Short, Liar's Poker and The Blind Side

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.

The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pi ata 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.

The trademark of Michael Lewis's bestsellers is to tell an important and complex story through characters so outsized and outrageously weird that you'd think they have to be invented. (You'd be wrong.) In Boomerang, we meet a brilliant monk who has figured out how to game Greek capitalism to save his failing monastery; a cod fisherman who, with three days' training, becomes a currency trader for an Icelandic bank; and an Irish real estate developer so outraged by the collapse of his business that he drives across the country to attack the Irish Parliament with his earth-moving equipment.

Lewis's investigation of bubbles beyond our shores is so brilliantly, sadly hilarious that it Read More chevron_right

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