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Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street [Version coupée, Livre audio] [Anglais] [CD]

Michael Lewis
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18 septembre 2007
It was wonderful to be young and working on Wall Street in the 1980s: never had so many twenty-four-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’s job was to transfer money, in the form of bonds, from those outside American 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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An amazing book, readable, funny and mind-boggling ... one of the great business books of all time (Punch)

Read all about it: headlong greed, inarticulate obscenity, Animal House horseplay . . . (The Sunday Times)

Immense verve and wit (20/20 Magazine)

A highly immoral book (Daily Mail)

Wickedly funny (Daily Express)

As traders would say, this book is a buy (Financial Times) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

Biographie de l'auteur

Michael Lewis is the bestselling author of Coach, Moneyball, and The New New Thing, among other books. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Tabitha Soren, and their two daughters

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  • Editeur : Random House Audio; Édition : Abridged (18 septembre 2007)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0739357301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739357309
  • Dimensions du produit: 12,7 x 14,6 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Un must absolu !!! 22 août 2003
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Format:Broché
Ce livre est tout simplement fascinant car il décrit de l'intérieur le fonctionnement du trading floor de Salomon Brothers ( LA banque des années 80 ). Son auteur a été salesman pendant deux ans et il nous livre son histoire ainsi qu'un aperçu du marché obligataire ( avec une très intéressante digression sur les hypothèques et les junk bonds ).
C'est surtout un livre d'ambiance et cela donne une très bonne impression de la vie dans une salle des marchés. Par contre, il faudra chercher un peu plus profondément pour trouver des conseils de trader ( il y en a mais peu ). Pour cela, je vous conseille plutôt le livre : Mémoires d'un spéculateur d'Edwin Lefebvre. C'est une véritable bible.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Une immersion palpitante ! 5 août 2013
Par Ivan
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Ce livre est tout simplement excellent, surtout en VO ! Il nous permet de découvrir l'ambiance des salles de marchés des années 80 et nous montre qu'il est possible de se faire beaucoup d'argent via les obligations.
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Written long before the 2008 crash, before the spectacular flame-outs of SocGen's Kerviel, Goldman's Tourre and JP Morgan's Iksil (the famous "London Whale"), Michael Lewis' account of his adventures inside the trading desk at Salomon Brothers is simply the most insightful and entertaining foray into the world of high stakes gambling (with, by the way, your money) ever written.
After studying art history and meeting the right executive's wife at a dinner, Lewis is hired at the world's most famous bond trading outfit - just before the invention of subprimes. His easy talent with language, his keen eye for the telling detail, combined with just enough ironic distance from the unbelievable (but true) characters he portrays make this a wonderful read even for people who know or care nothing for the financial markets.
If, in addition, you would like to understand something about the motivations of the prime actors in the global tragedy that is the worldwide financial crisis, then this book is an absolute must.
Also highly recommended: The Big Short.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 La route du Trader 31 août 2000
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Ce livre est palpitant. Sa lecture est nécessaire si vous souhaitez travailler un jour dans une salle de marché ou si vous êtes tout simplement amoureux de la bourse. Et il est en plus éducatif au niveau des Obligations. Il décrit en détail les scènes de guerres reignant à Wall Street et à la City de Londres à travers l'arrogance de banquiers d'affaire sans scrupule.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must-read, if you are thinking of working on Wall St 13 décembre 2000
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I worked for CSFB for three years, and am still in investment banking for a smaller firm. So I have seen a part of the world that is described here. I'm not saying that this is an exact description of what I saw, because Lewis picks the most exotic creatures that he met, but the atmosphere is perfectly conveyed. This book will tell you all the stuff that they don't teach you in an interview or recruitment visit - the pecking order, the politics, and how to get paid.
The other reason to read this is that Lewis is a brilliant writer, with a real talent for describing people and their situations. Lots of other people have written boring books with the same raw material. For a non-specialist like my mother, the technicalities were hard work, but you don't need a lot of special knowledge to like this book. My mother certainly did.
Probably the best way to look at this book is like a travel book - you're not visiting a country, you're visiting a world. Great travel books are not word-perfect descriptions of a place, they are representations of what the author felt like when he was there, and they give the reader a feeling of what it was like to be there. If you read this book, you will understand what it feels like to work inside a big bank, and you'll enjoy the ride, even if you have no interest in actually working there.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One hand, one million dollars, no tears. 16 juillet 2003
Par john purcell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
In the 1980's, Michael Lewis was a neophyte bond salesman for Salomon Brothers in New York and London for four years. Liar's Poker is a high-stakes game the traders, salesmen, and executives play each afternoon, but it is also a metaphor for the Salomon culture of extreme risk-taking with immediate payoffs and clear winners and losers.
This is the story of how Lewis survived the training program, inept but mean-spirited management, an aborted take-over even featuring a white knight, layoffs and the 1987 market crash before quitting to find his real calling as a business journalist. While Lewis's career did not take off quickly, he eventually became a highly paid producer, although not in the league of the true top dogs.
Lewis tells the real story of Wall Street in both go-go and crash days with self-deprecating humor enlivened with his ecletic wit. Colorful and well-known Wall Street characters appear such as Michael Milken, Lazlo Birini, Warren Buffett, Bill Simon, Sr. and John Guetfruend. All business students need to read this as even those with advanced degrees in finance such as myself, will learn how things really work. The story of how the junk bond and collateralized mortgage backed security markets emerge is told to fill in a chapter in financial history. Perhaps most interesting is some of the political machinations, rampant at Salomon, which lead for example for Salomon to ignore the junk bond market, allowing others to flourish and eventually attempt to take-over Salomon using junk bonds.
Lewis also describes for all investors the conflicts of interest and lack of governance on Wall Street long before Eliot Spitzer and Arthur Levitt became the champions of the little guy. My next step is to read Lewis's later books.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining for awhile; falls off near the end... 14 mai 2001
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Liar's Poker is a funny look at life on Wall Street; especially the life of lower-level employees getting their start in the financial world. Michael Lewis uses the personal experience of his financial career in the Salomon Brothers bond program to tell the larger story of the rise and fall of the entire firm during the 1980s. Along the way he tells some funny stories and gives the reader an interesting, inside look at the fast-paced life on Wall Street. But in the end, the book starts to drag and Lewis's cynical view of the securities industry begins to get tiresome. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what a trader's life is like inside a major Wall Street firm. It is an interesting, initially humorous read that is appropriately not much longer than 200 pages in length.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Great Read 8 novembre 1999
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What a great read. A friend of mine recommended this to me and I can say that it certainly was a refreshing read.
This book tells you about some of the influential people who shaped Salomon Brothers and Wall St in the eighties. I never realised the history that went with Salomon Brothers.
The style is great and I can really identify with the author's early years going through the stages of obtaining and starting a job. Some of the characters in the book are hilarious, you can only just believe they are real.
Only one complaint: sometimes the author goes on for quite a long time with his history e.g. the history of junk bonds and the history of various people in SB. I only wish that there was more about the author's story.
Only one gripe though, and it can't prevent this from being a 5 star book.
Buy it now! Thanks to the book, I am now constantly searching for books like this but this is the only one I have found recounting the story of a salesman as opposed to a trader.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 For all aspiring Investment Bankers! 12 avril 2000
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Almost everyone who is graduating is tempted by the glamour and large bonuses of Investment Banks to wonder what it would be like to work in a large investment bank on Wall Street and actually consider it as a serious career option. LIAR'S POKER provides an irreverent, bird's eye view of the whole process. This is an extraordinarily funny but thought provoking account of a money focussed guy's innings at a venerable Investment bank Salomon Brothers, starting as a $48,000-a-year trainee in 1984 to go on to become an institutional bond salesman in Salomon's London office earning $225,000 in 1987. Far from just being entertaining the book gives lots of insight into the intense cutthroat investment banking industry and makes it accessible for even the naivest of readers the intricacies of the milieu. An insider's look at the inside of an investor banking firm, with no holds barred, which makes it probably one of the most recommended books for anyone considering more than a passing acquaintance with the investment banking industry.
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