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A great book. The film was good. I found the book even better.
The Big Short brilliantly explains in simple lay-person's terms what happened in the 2008 USA banking crash - Lewis has an eye for detail that matters, isn't afraid to pull punches, and has sought out and questioned brilliantly key players behind and in front of the scenes. Trillions wiped from pension funds, hundreds of thousands of homes lost, lives destroyed - and it was all predictable, operating on lines and laws designed to protect moneyed interests. Breathtaking stupidity, callous disregard, deliberate venal acts so bizarre they could be fiction, but weren't. A minor functionary is the only person who goes to jail, US Gvt spends trillions bailing out culpable banks and investment firms. I'm reading this again for sure.