Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (Paperback)

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Former Wall Street fat-cat Lewis takes a look at the global fallout of the 2008 financial crisis and examines the social and cultural climates of three hard-hit nations: Iceland, Greece, and Ireland. Combines reporting, history, and economics into a fascinating story.

— From Beckett


Icelanders wanted to stop fishing and become investment bankers. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

Michael Lewis's investigation of bubbles beyond our shores is so brilliantly, sadly hilarious that it leads the American reader to a comfortable complacency: oh, those foolish foreigners. But when he turns a merciless eye on California and Washington, DC, we see that the narrative is a trap baited with humor, and we understand the reckoning that awaits the greatest and greediest of debtor nations.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393343441
ISBN-10: 0393343448
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: September 4th, 2012
Pages: 240
Language: English