Boomerang by Michael Lewis
Travels in the New Third World

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13 Critic Reviews

...he weaves their stories into a sharp-edged narrative that leaves readers with a visceral understanding of the fiscal recklessness that lies behind today’s headlines
-NY Times

Synopsis

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 piñata 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.
 

About Michael Lewis

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Michael Lewis is the author of Panic!, Liar’s Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Home Game, among other works. He lives in Berkeley, California.
 
Published September 28, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 241 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference, History, Travel, Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Boomerang
All: 13 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Nov 15 2011

As usual, the author delivers a nice balance of trenchant analysis and lucid writing...An enlightening, scary journey.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Iain Morris on Sep 22 2012

Having risen to prominence as an acerbic commentator on the wide boys, wackos and wizards of high finance, Lewis finds plenty of targets for his scathing wit on this tour.

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Michiko Kakutani on Sep 26 2011

...he weaves their stories into a sharp-edged narrative that leaves readers with a visceral understanding of the fiscal recklessness that lies behind today’s headlines

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by JACQUIE McNISH on Oct 07 2011

...slight, poignantly humorous 212-page book tells even the most informed student of global economics why it was inevitable.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Vadim Rizov on Oct 19 2011

...Lewis has rarely been this consistently, righteously indignant, and the final essay underlines the need to look at American finance and business from any fresh perspective possible.

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The Telegraph

Below average
Reviewed by Robert Colvile on Oct 14 2011

..each of these admittedly excellent pieces has already appeared in Vanity Fair, and all are still freely available on its website.

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The Telegraph

Excellent
Reviewed by Charles Moore on Oct 10 2011

This is a desperately funny book, by which I mean that it is written with a funniness born of desperation.

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Christian Science Monitor

Excellent
Reviewed by Marjorie Kehe on Oct 13 2011

It’s not a pretty story, but thanks to Lewis it is a compelling one. And despite its bleak contours Lewis doesn’t imply that it’s a completely hopeless one.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Kevin Keane on Oct 23 2011

What "Boomerang" lacks as a travel guide it more than makes up for as a character study into the nature of man's irrational exuberance around easy money.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Carlos Lozada on Oct 07 2011

...the book’s incessant moralizing and stereotyping may leave readers wondering why Lewis...took the path from master storyteller to itinerant scold.

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Forbes

Excellent
Reviewed by Kyle Smith on Sep 28 2011

He writes about important matters...and he writes about them so amusingly that he can permanently change your point of view, even of things you already had a settled opinion about.

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PopMatters

Below average
Reviewed by Robert Alford on Feb 09 2012

It seems that with Boomerang, Lewis’s widely praised gift for simplifying may have been taken a little too far.

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Full Stop

Excellent
Reviewed by Lucas Brown on Jan 23 2012

Boomerang is the rare combination of gripping, hilarious, and required reading. Lewis’s ability to demystify a wickedly complex subject is matchless

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