Our critics discuss Michael Lewis' The Big Short.

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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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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.