The Big Short by Michael Lewis
Inside the Doomsday Machine

74%

20 Critic Reviews

...from these unpromising characters, Lewis creates magnificent financial set-pieces...
-Guardian

Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestseller: "It is the work of our greatest financial journalist, at the top of his game. And it's essential reading."—Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair


The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn't shine and the SEC doesn't dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower- and middle-class Americans who can't pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren't talking.



Michael Lewis creates a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his #1 bestseller Liar's Poker. Out of a handful of unlikely-really unlikely-heroes, Lewis fashions a story as compelling and unusual as any of his earlier bestsellers, proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our time.
 

About Michael Lewis

See more books from this Author
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 May 12, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 287 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Self Help, Travel. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
icon2
Peak Rank on Jan 24 2016
icon47
Weeks as Bestseller
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Big Short
All: 20 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 8

NY Times

Good
on Mar 14 2010

Writing in faintly Tom Wolfe-ian prose, Mr. Lewis does a colorful job of introducing the lay reader to the Darwinian world of the bond market...

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo... | See more reviews from NY Times

Guardian

Good
on Mar 27 2010

...from these unpromising characters, Lewis creates magnificent financial set-pieces...

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo... | See more reviews from Guardian

NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Daniel Feiman on May 18 2016

A much larger percentage of these mortgages defaulted...This book is a good read—albeit an eye opening and cautionary tale.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books

WSJ online

Excellent
on Apr 09 2010

Mr. Lewis has given us a compelling tale of the brave few who not only saw what was coming but took big risks to be proved right.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo... | See more reviews from WSJ online

NY Journal of Books

Good
on Mar 15 2010

This book is a good read—albeit an eye opening and cautionary tale.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo... | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books

AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Donna Bowman on Apr 15 2010

So it’s with a sense of relief that Lewis returns to his old stomping grounds 20 years on for The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine, potentially the best book-length account of the financial collapse that started with overrated mortgage-backed securities a few years ago...

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo... | See more reviews from AV Club

AV Club

Excellent
on Apr 15 2010

...potentially the best book-length account of the financial collapse ...

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo... | See more reviews from AV Club

Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on Mar 10 2010

Still, the bottom line is that this is not the first book on ?the hot-button topic, and it’s not ?the best, either.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

Entertainment Weekly

Below average
on Mar 10 2010

... this is not the first book on 
the hot-button topic, and it's not 
the best, either.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

The Telegraph

Excellent
on Apr 10 2010

...this is a terrifying story, superbly well told.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

Huffington Post

Below average
on Mar 25 2010

Whether for his own profit or by accident, Lewis has denied the public the truth.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

Huffington Post

Above average
on Mar 18 2010

The Big Short is as good as Moneyball, but it isn't as fun.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

Review (Barnes & Noble)

Excellent
on Mar 12 2010

There aren't many reasons to be happy about the global financial crisis, but here's one: that it brought Michael Lewis back to his roots, to produce what is probably the single best piece of financial journalism ever written.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

Seattle PI

Good
on Apr 26 2011

Michael Lewis has been in the financial world for twenty years, and he is so good at explaining things...

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

Boing Boing

Excellent
on Mar 18 2010

Lewis is an extraordinary writer, and the people and stories he brings to life here had me as engrossed as I would be by a top-notch novel...

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

Book Forum

Below average
on Mar 12 2010

... The Big Short lacks the pure narrative drive of Lewis' best-selling sports books, Moneyball and The Blind Side.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

New York Magazine

Above average
on Mar 05 2010

If Lewis had wanted a more authentic hero, he should’ve written the book about Madoff whistle-blower Harry Markopolos...

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

Reuters

Excellent
on Mar 15 2010

Lewis’s achievement with The Big Short is that he’s written a book that a huge number of people will love to read: it’s not just for finance geeks.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

Reuters

Above average
on Mar 11 2010

It’s an unsettling experience to read The Big Short: Identifying with its main characters, you begin rooting for Armageddon — but there’s a hollow feeling once the short sellers triumph.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

Real Clear Markets

Above average
Reviewed by John Tamny on Mar 25 2010

...the collapsing dollar's perhaps central role in the housing spike that helped camouflage so many bad decisions, is not mentioned...Despite the disagreements, The Big Short is an essential and enjoyable read; one that promises to delight readers inside and outside of finance.

Read Full Review of The Big Short: Inside the Doo...

Reader Rating for The Big Short
87%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 4068 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×