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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis

Published By: New York and London: Norton
ISBN: 978-0-393-07223-5
Date of Publication: 2010

The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History by Gregory Zuckerman

Published By: New York: Random House, Crown Business
ISBN: 978-0-385-52991-4, cloth; 978-0-385-52994-5, pbk.
Date of Publication: 2009


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Reviewed by: Gary Gorton of Yale University and NBER
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.49.2.433.r7
Review Pages: 450-53

Book Review Abstract

Gary Gorton of Yale University and NBER reviews "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine" by Michael Lewis and "The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History" by Gregory Zuckerman. The EconLit Abstract of the first reviewed work begins "Explores the stories of people inside the U.S. financial market who anticipated and understood the 2008 crash in the real estate and securities markets. Follows the small set of intelligent contrarians who stood apart from the crowd, including Steve Eisman, Michael Burry, and Charlie Ledley. No ind...."
Explores the stories of people inside the U.S. financial market who anticipated and understood the 2008 crash in the real estate and securities markets. Follows the small set of intelligent contrarians who stood apart from the crowd, including Steve Eisman, Michael Burry, and Charlie Ledley. No index.


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Gary Gorton of Yale University and NBER


JEL Classifications

G01: Financial Crises
G10: General Financial Markets: General (includes Measurement and Data)
G20: Financial Institutions and Services: General
G24: Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage; Ratings and Ratings Agencies


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