Boomerang

Boomerang

Travels in the New Third World
Written by Michael Lewis
Narrated by Dylan Baker
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Boomerang

Travels in the New Third World
Written by Michael Lewis | Narrated by Dylan Baker
From the acclaimed author of The Big Short and Moneyball, this thought-provoking New York Times bestseller examines the international effects of the 2008 financial crisis. With an Audie Award–winning narrator who “uses a friendly, folksy delivery to examine the fascinating, frightening, and mind-boggling ways that the cultures of Iceland, Greece, Ireland, Germany, and, yes, California handled the pursuit of wealth.” (AudioFile).

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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 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. 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 leads the American listener to a comfortable complacency: Oh, those foolish foreigners. But when Lewis 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.“No one writes with more narrative panache about money and finance than Lewis.”-Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

Categories: Nonfiction
Release Date: October 3, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Run time: 7 hours and 10 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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