Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Michael Lewis on the Financial Meltdown

I've always been of two minds on Michael Lewis. On the one hand, he's a great writer. A really great writer. And to make it even better, he's a great writer who's also a good reporter. You can't ask for more than that, really.

On the other hand, there's something a little infuriating about someone who willingly takes advantage of a situation which he knows full well is crazy. Liar's Poker was a great book, but there's a weird smugness about someone trying to tell people how stupid and corrupt the financial brokerage system is after he takes several hundred thousand dollars from that system.

But ultimately, this seems a small quibble. Lewis is the real deal. And here he is revisiting Wall Street at the end times. It's pretty great.


WershovenistPig said...
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WershovenistPig said...

I respect Lewis specifically because he extracted buckets of ducats from Salomon, and lived to write about it. And that he wooed Tabitha Soren. And his work on Moneyball.

Who am I kidding. He nabbed Tabitha Soren. That's quite well done.

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