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As Pogo once said, "We have met the enemy and he is us."
The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge.

Icelanders wanted to stop fishing and become investment bankers. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a piñata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

Michael Lewis's investigation of bubbles beyond our shores is so brilliantly, sadly hilarious that it leads the American reader to a comfortable complacency: oh, those foolish foreigners. But when he turns a merciless eye on California and Washington, DC, we see that the narrative is a trap baited with humor, and we understand the reckoning that awaits the greatest and greediest of debtor nations.

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Michael Lewis, is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Flash Boys. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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  • Número de páginas: 240 páginas
  • Editora: W. W. Norton & Company; Edição: 1 (28 de setembro de 2011)
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Por Marcos Luz em 20 de fevereiro de 2017
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This book is interesting because give the reader a frank feedback of financial reality behind the events: people are greedy and Germans are gullible. Jokes sidelined, the worst of all is that after reading this book the reader probably realizes that nothing has changed since 2008's financial crisis and the vicious circle, someday, will happen again and again (bubbles boom and bust).
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5.0 de 5 estrelas The Financial Crisis Moves From the Private Sector to the Public Sector. 20 de setembro de 2011
Por AdamSmythe - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I admit to being a fan of Michael Lewis' books, so take that into consideration as you read this review. Lewis earned a masters degree in economics from the London School of Economics and went to work as a bond trader for Salomon Brothers before its scandals. His education and investment experience qualified him to write "Liar's Poker" in 1989, though I have no idea what qualified him to write such an entertaining and lucid description of the Wall Street culture of that time. Subsequently, I have read Lewis' "Moneyball" (in 2003), "The Blind Side" (in 2006), and "The Big Short" (in 2010). All of these books are very easy to read and hard to put down. They tell well-researched, interesting stories. In the case of "The Big Short" it helps to illuminate the origins of the financial crisis that broke starting in 2007.

In Lewis' latest book, "Boomerang," the subtitle is, "Travels in the New Third World." Lewis is not referring to Asian or Latin American countries here. He's talking about European countries that drank the elixir of seemingly endless and cheap credit prior to the bursting of the recent financial bubble. To say that cheap credit transformed the economies in Greece, Ireland and Iceland, for example, is to understate the impact of the financial bubble on these countries. Talk about a timely book--I am writing this during September 2011, and yet this book refers to the recent downgrade of U.S. debt, which occured only last month, beginning on page 171.

As in many of Lewis' books, there's a new person who you probably never heard of before to meet. In "Moneyball" it was Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, and in "The Big Short" it was Steve Eisman, Michael Burry and others. This time it's Kyle Bass, the manager of a Dallas-based hedge fund, who Lewis makes sound both very insightful and eccentric. What would you call a man who owns a 40,000 square foot ranch located on thousands of acres in the middle of nowhere with its own water supply and an arsenal of automatic weapons? Or someone who would recommend "guns and gold" for his mother? Anyway, the gist of Bass' financial analysis is that mountains of shaky debt (arising from borrowings during 2002 - 2006 by people who couldn't repay) was essentially transferred from private institutions (like banks, etc.) to various governments, to the point that eventually markets would question the credibility of these governments. Put differently, the public debt of certain countries wasn't just the official public debt, but also that which came from supporting various private institutions.

Bass, Lewis tells us, visited Harvard professor Ken Rogoff (coauthor of "This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly," which I recommend), and found even Rogoff to be surprised by the magnitude of the public debt problems. Just as Bass bought credit default swaps on subprime mortgages prior to the financial crisis, Bass later bought credit default swaps on Greek government bonds, because he was convinced that Greece would be one of the first countries to experience real problems. Bass expected the swaps he purchased for 1,100 per year per million to eventually be worth 700,000.

Anyway, Lewis interviewed Bass years ago in preparation for writing "The Big Short," but he "left Kyle Bass on the cutting room floor." Lewis returned to Dallas two and a half years later, this time to find that Bass was betting most heavily against Japan and France at the time. Bass also had literally bought 20 million U.S. nickels (don't ask how), because he said the value of the metals in each nickel was worth 6.8 cents. The majority of this book is devoted to Lewis' travels in Iceland, Greece, Ireland and Germany, and to his discoveries during his travels. To get a flavor for the book and Lewis' writing style, here are some of Lewis' passages, in his own words:

Iceland: "Iceland instantly became the only nation on earth that Americans could point to and say, `Well, at least we didn't do that!'"

Greece: "As it turned out, what the Greeks wanted to do, once the lights went out and they were alone in the dark with a pile of borrowed money, was to turn their government into a pinata stuffed with fantastic sums and give as many citizens as possible a whack at it."

Ireland: "But while the Icelandic male used foreign money to conquer foreign places--trophy companies in Britain, chunks of Scandinavia--the Irish male used foreign money to conquer Ireland. Left alone in a dark room with a pile of money, the Irish decided what they really wanted to do was buy Ireland. From each other."

Germany: "Either Germans must agree to integrate Europe fiscally, so that Germany and Greece bear the same relationship to each other as, say, Indiana and Mississippi (the tax dollars of ordinary Germans would go into a common coffer and be used to pay for the lifestyles of ordinary Greeks) or the Greeks (and probably, eventually, every non-German) must introduce `structural reforms,' a euphemism for magically and radically transforming themselves into a people as efficient and productive as the Germans."

Quoting Lewis quote UCLA neuroscientist Peter Whybrow in the book's last chapter (on California's financial problems, not European countries), Lewis writes, "'Human beings are wandering around with brains that are fabulously limited. We've got the core of the average lizard.' Wrapped around this reptilian core is a mammalian layer (associated with maternal concern and social interaction), and around that is wrapped a third layer, which enables feats of memory and the capacity for abstract thought. 'The only problem is our passions are still driven by the lizard core.' Even a person on a diet who sensibly avoids coming face-to-face with a piece of chocolate cake will find it hard to control himself if the chocolate cake somehow finds him. Every pastry chef in America understands this, and now nueroscience does, too. 'In that moment the value of eating the chocolate cake exceeds the value of the diet. We cannot think down the road when we are faced with the chocolate cake.' ... Everywhere you turn you see Americans sacrifice their long-term interests for a short-term reward."

Love him or not, Michael Lewis is a talented writer, and I truly believe that most readers will have a hard time putting this book down. If you have enjoyed his earlier books, the decision to purchase this one seems to be a no-brainer. If you haven't read one of his earlier books, this one is worthy of your consideration.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas A Look into 5 Nation's Unique Psychological make-up and how each Contributed to the Economic Bust in Each Nation 27 de setembro de 2014
Por Yoda - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Any review of this book would have to start by pointing out that this book is not a new original work. It is, instead, a compilation of previously published essays that can be found in a variety of periodicals (i.e., The Atlantic, etc.). That being said and gotten out of the way, it should also be noted that this book is not an examination of economic factors contributing to the economic bust of 2007-2008 in each of the nations discussed. There is no analysis or coverage of economic variables such as debt levels, regulatory environments, mortgage, debt and financial markets, etc. The book, instead, provides a discussion of each nation’s unique psychological profile and how this, implicitly, contributed to the crisis in each nation. This “profile” is not discussed or examined through a formal psychological analysis but instead through stories told about visits made to each nation and observations made about its peoples. Something like a travelogue told through stories involving meeting bankers, indebted individuals, Arnold Schwarzenegger and even monks.

Five nations are examined in the book. They are Iceland, Ireland, Greece, Germany and the US. In Iceland Mr. Lewis found overconfidence in its society to be at fault. This was due to the mentality, of overconfidence, of fisherman in that country that so permeated that nation’s psyche (after all, that nation is nation of fisherman). In Greece the problem was that society was unable to govern itself. It was a society so self-centered on the individual that no one was willing to sacrifice for the common good but each wanted to engorge himself/herself at the trough. In Ireland the problem was newly found wealth. Ireland has historically been a poor nation but with so much wealth being made so quickly society just did not know how to deal with. Naturally, as a result, it went on a spending spree. In Germany the problem was that society was so used to “follow” the rules. Hence its investors got burned when they carried this assumption to the international market. They assumed, for example, that the US bond rating agencies were still following the rules of ethically and effectively rating bonds. The reality turned out to be different and as a result of not being able to think outside the box (i.e., not being able to imagine others not “following the rules”) they ended up being badly burned. In the US the problem was consumerism run amuck combined with the fact that society wanted things without having to pay for them. Hence the explosion in private debt and government debt (in the latter everyone wanted to keep on and expand spending while simultaneously keeping or lowering tax levels) which, eventually, burst.

Albeit the stories only examine societal phychology in a pretty simple way, only through the rather narrow lens of relatively short trips (he stayed for only a few weeks in each country), the author seems to have hit the nail on the head. Plus each essay is very entertaining. Hence the book is highly recommended despite its dearth of a sophisticated analysis of macroeconomic issues contributing to each nation’s disaster.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas After reading the others, I was surprised how little I liked the California chapter 3 de dezembro de 2011
Por billpz - Publicada na Amazon.com
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My understanding is that Mr. Lewis has lived in Berkeley, I'm not sure for how long. I would hope that he is more familiar with California than the "other" countries he wrote about, but his writing gives an appearance that he is less familiar with California.
I was fascinated with the first four economic travelogues and variations on the theme that no government can afford to bail out bank investors as well as bank depositers. In fact, I am beyond grateful for his recommendation of the late Alan Dundes' book, "Life is Like a Chicken Coop Ladder," with reference to German national character. A gift and spiritual discipline to become more conscious of one's roots.
But much of the California chapter reads like a love-song to Schwartzenegger and his four defeated ballot initiatives. It would take far more persuasive arguments to make a credible case that Schwartenegger is a political hero -- rather than an political hobbyist/opportunist carried away by a whim, more than The Actor, Act Two. And those initiatives were poorly crafted, with not much constituency and satisfying no purpose. And with respect to the California revenue problem, no mention is made of the truncated upper income tax brackets, or how Robert Reich's and Paul Krugman's arguments about how economic productivity is enhanced by a progressive tax system....and how these arguments might apply to California currently.
The shortcomings of this essay are so huge -- the only one of the five areas where I have knowledge -- I now worry whether the parts about Ireland, Germany, etc. might be more superficial than I know.
Entertaining and nuanced writing, but I was disappointed. I had not expected to be.
5.0 de 5 estrelas What Goes Around, Comes Around 21 de novembro de 2011
Por William Capodanno - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Some criticize Lewis and this book for being a rehash of previously published material. Since I hadn't read any material that might have been published earlier, I didn't bring that context when reading this book and to my assessment -- it was all fresh material for me. Like other works by Lewis that I've read, I was absorbed from page 1. In spite of a few pages that didn't work for me(particularly in the section on Germany and his theory on the German dichotomy of clean and dirty), "Boomerang" hit a home run.

For anyone who has read his books or seem him interviewed, Michael Lewis is a gifted storyteller and "Boomerang" does nothing to diminish this reputation. It is not a book for those with finance backgrounds, focusing on the mind-numbing detail of complex financial instruments like credit default swaps -- there are plenty of those out there and I've read a few of them already. Lewis takes a broader picture of the financial crisis and focuses on several countries and their people that are at the epicenter of the crisis --- specifically, Iceland, Ireland, Greece, Germany and the US. One can argue that this might be a simplistic view, but if you've spent any amount of time learning about the economic rise and fall of Iceland and the Celtic Tiger, one would be hard pressed to dismiss Lewis's approach.

I've seen some criticize Lewis as a bigot and I just can't agree with this criticism after reading "Boomerang". Sure Lewis questions how a nation like Iceland, a country of 300,000 people whose primary source of income historically was the fishing industry, suddenly gained the financial acumen so their society would en masse turn in their boats for the world of high finance and hedge funds --- and would outwit the rest of the world at this game. For me, this type of perspective doesn't classify as bigotry, but points a finger at the broader insanity around the world with the free and easy money that flowed and led many to think they were smarter than the next person (until they weren't). Is Lewis an Irish bigot for pointing out that their banks were lending money to everyone and their brother to develop business and residential properties for which there was never a market to sustain all that investment.

If you are looking for a book that summarizes the craziness that was taking place globally over the last decade and want something that is broad in its story arc and perspective, look no farther than "Boomerang".
5.0 de 5 estrelas Lewis is my favorite. In this one he blends wonderful stories together ... 13 de fevereiro de 2017
Por William Patterson - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Lewis is my favorite. In this one he blends wonderful stories together with economic facts that explain perfectly why certain events happened. He takes us from Iceland to Greece to Ireland to Vallejo, CA via San Jose and shows how similar behaviors produce the same results. Loved it!
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