Wednesday, June 16, 2010
For those of you looking for entertaining and topical non-fiction, you can do a lot worse than The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, the author of Liar's Poker and Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. It is the story of the very few traders and investors who both predicted the bursting of the housing bubble and acted on their foresight. I recommend it without reservation, at least until I think about it harder.
Blindside belongs on any list of great Michael Lewis books, too. It balances a lot of different themes without getting bogged down If you are a liberal, it will challenge your beliefs that poor people "need" gov't hand-outs. If you are conservative, it will challenge your own standards for the lengths you would go to help your fellow man. And, there's lots of football talk (college and NFL) as well.