The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine is required reading. You must read it. Now.
Michael Lewis, author of Liar’s Poker and Moneyball tells the story of the subprime mortgage meltdown from the perspective of some of the very few traders who saw through the irrational exuberance of the housing market and actually did the work of figuring out how the Collateralized Debt Obligation machine worked and saw it for the Ponzi scheme it really was.
While the focus of the book is the personal experiences of the traders, The Big Short also does an able job of explaining some of the more baroque financial instruments created by Wall Street, instruments made purposefully as byzantine as possible in order to deceive both customers and ratings agencies. As one of the traders says after he finally gets to the bottom of how the system works, “How is this legal?”
The greed and stupidity displayed by the people whose very job it was to understand the financial instruments will make your blood boil.
The Big Short is a fast, easy read that will make you want to get on a flight to New York to go to Wall Street and stab people in the face.
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.