Monday marks the release of Michael Lewis's The Big Short, a microcosmic look at the financial collapse. Already critics are bursting with superlative praise, calling it the quintessential book on the crash--if not the "single best piece of financial journalism ever written." Lewis first introduced many readers to the concept of financial derivatives in his best-selling book Liar's Poker set in the '80s. What critics find so compelling about this work is its dramatic, character-intensive prose. Here's his interview on 60 Minutes followed by the critical praise for his book:
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