The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker.
Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when 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 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. 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, here is Michael Lewis’s knowing and hilarious insider’s account of an unprecedented era of greed, gluttony, and outrageous fortune.
Reader Beware! Too much fun to put down
I loved this book. Currently, I am a sophomore in college with an interest in a finance career. This book helped direct and solidify that interest in sales and trading. Although I am certain this is not the intent of the book, I can’t help but admit that Lewis’s description of both the competitive culture of Salomon and the myriad of idiosyncratic characters who filled their ranks thoroughly enticed me. Perhaps this is a unintended effect of his superb skills as a salesman; he is able to exert them unknowingly. I would recommed this book to anyone interested in a fun narrative about life on Wall Street during the 1980s.
Interesting and fun to read
Excellent Read, Still Relevant Today
Great book. Still captures what life on Wall Street is like today. Although it's faster and more intense than it was 20+ years ago.