The classic Michael Lewis book that defined an era of greed, gluttony, and outrageous fortune, available for the first time unabridged and read by the author.
In 1986, before Michael Lewis became the bestselling author of The Big Short, Moneyball, and Flash Boys, he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms.
During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to New York- and London-based bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush. Liar’s Poker is the culmination of those heady, frenzied years---a behind-the-scenes look at a unique and turbulent time in American business. This new audio edition produced by the same team that produces his #1 podcast Against the Rules, is unabridged, read by the author, and features archival news footage from the era, original scoring and sound effects, as well as a bonus episode from the companion podcast.
From the frat-boy camaraderie of the forty-first-floor trading room to the killer instinct that made ambitious young men gamble everything on a high-stakes game of bluffing and deception, Liar’s Poker is both “the funniest book on Wall Street I’ve ever read,” (Tom Wolfe) and the launchpad for Michael Lewis’s storied career.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at an era when Wall Street went wild—and only the sleazy survived. In this riveting memoir, Michael Lewis recounts his white-collar adventures as a bond salesman for Salomon Brothers in the ’80s. While his conscience eventually got the better of him (prompting him to switch careers), his time on the trading floor let him see big finance at its ugliest. His stories about the seedy side of the industry include infamous names like notorious insider-trading poster boy Michael Milken along with lesser-known figures (like one scary bond salesman dubbed the Human Piranha). Bullying, sexism, and frat boy behavior run rampant in these respected institutions, but we were just as shocked by their shady business practices. Lewis even offers an engaging lesson on how junk bonds work. And his narration does justice to his own on-point sarcasm and deadpan humor. If you’re ready to be horrified and amused by big business—often at the same time—don’t pass up Liar’s Poker.
The book brings a lot to learn and appreciate. Seeing it from the insider’s perspective is priceless.
Wall Street in the 80s!
A captivating account of how wild Wall Street was in the 1980s. Great narration too.