Book Review: The funniest book on Wall Street

“Liar’s Poker” by Michael Lewis

Liar’s Poker is by far the funniest book on Wall Street that I’ve ever read. It’s set in New York and London in the 1980s, where the writer built his career in the bond department of Salomon Brothers. Along with Michael Lewis’ progress from trainee, to lowly geek and to Big Swinging Dicks, there are amusing stories to tell and larger-than-life characters that became 1980s classic tales. All of this described with great detail, sharp wit and humor, in an era when Salomon Brothers was probably the world’s most powerful investment bank.