Liar's Poker

  • by Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by Michael Lewis
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It was wonderful to be young and working on Wall Street in the 1980s - never had so many 24-year-olds made so much money in so little time. In this shrewd and wickedly funny audiobook, Michael Lewis describes an astonishing era and his own rake's progress through a powerful investment bank. From an unlikely beginning (art history at Princeton?) he rose in two short years from Salomon Brothers trainee to Geek (the lowest form of life on the trading floor) to Big Swinging Dick: a bond salesman who could turn over millions of dollars' worth of doubtful bonds with just one call. A born storyteller, Michael Lewis shows us how things really worked on Wall Street. The bond traders, wearing greed and ambition as badges of honor, might well have swaggered straight from the pages of Bonfire of the Vanities. But for all their outrageous behavior, they were in fact presiding over enormous changes in the world economy. Lewis' job was to transfer money, in the form of bonds, from those outside America who saved to those inside America who consumed. In doing so, he generated tens of millions of dollars for Salomon Brothers and earned for himself a ringside seat on the greatest financial spectacle of the decade: the leveraging of America.

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What the Critics Say

"His description of the firm's personalities and of the events from 1984 through the crash of October 1987 are vivid and memorable. Readers of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities are likely to enjoy this personal memoir." (Library Journal)

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A fascinating expose

A frank account and synopsis of life in an investment banking environment. You have to evolve into a certain kind of individual to survive the investment world. This book gives you glimpses into what it takes.
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- Doctor O

Don't buy abridged books

I read (and enjoyed) the original book years ago and I thought that by listening to a summary it would bring back the original. This didn't work, somehow. It just felt a bit frustrating, clichéd, shallow.
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- Judy Corstjens

Book Details

  • Release Date: 31-08-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio