The Audio Book Club on The Big Short
Our critics discuss Michael Lewis' latest.
Posted Monday, April 19, 2010, at 7:12 AM
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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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Tree of Smoke,by Denis Johnson
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Daniel Gross is the Moneybox columnist for Slate and the business columnist for Newsweek. You can e-mail him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter. His latest book, Dumb Money: How Our Greatest Financial Minds Bankrupted the Nation, has just been published in paperback.
Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.
Troy Patterson is Slate's television critic.