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“Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World”

Michael Lewis has tackled a variety of subjects over the years, and now, once again, he tackles the financial world. In Forbes.com, Kyle Smith notes: “In his new book on the seemingly permanent financial crisis, Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (W.W. Norton & Company, 2011), Lewis shows again why he is the leading journalist of his generation. He writes about important matters — the most important matters — and he writes about them so amusingly that he can permanently change your point of view, even of things you already had a settled opinion about.”

Carlos Lozada of the Washington Post says that “even as Boomerang captures the essence of the international economic crisis — as a sort of travelogue version of Lewis’s must-read The Big Short — it also offers an odd collection of searing, sometimes funny but mostly head-scratching judgments and stereotypes about the offending countries. Lewis not only shows us what the Greeks and Icelanders and Irish and Germans did to get into trouble, but he attempts to unveil their souls, too. And it’s not a pretty sight.”

 

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