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April 19 2010 7:12 AM

The Audio Book Club on The Big Short

Our critics discuss Michael Lewis' latest.

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The Big Short by Michael Lewis.

This month, the Audio Book Club discusses The Big Short, Michael Lewis' best-selling book on the financial crisis. According to Daniel Gross, what distinguishes The Big Short from so many other crisis books—there have been dozens—is that it focuses on the winners, rather than losers. That is, on a few people who made money due to the crisis because they bet against the housing market. In a 45-minute book club, Gross, Troy Patterson, and Stephen Metcalf analyze Lewis' style and career and wonder what The Big Short reveals about the future of democratic capitalism.

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Slate's Audio Book Club now comes to you on the third Monday of every month. We don't yet have a book picked out for April, but there's a good chance we'll discuss Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Look for our discussion on iTunes or on the Slatehome page on Monday, May 17. Also, become a fan of the Audio Book Club on Facebook.

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Daniel Gross is a longtime Slate contributor. His most recent book is Better, Stronger, Faster. Follow him on Twitter.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.

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