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The Great Hangover: 21 Tales of the New Recession from the Pages of Vanity Fair

4.24  ·  Rating Details ·  105 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews

Vanity Fair presents 21 true stories of the new hard times

Where did all the billions go?

Commissioned by the editors at Vanity Fair magazine, The Great Hangover is an eye-opening collection of essays on the global economic crisis by fifteen of the most respected contemporary business writers in America, including:

Bryan Burrough (Barbarians at the Gate) on the atmosphere of
ebook, 480 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by HarperCollins e-books (first published March 1st 2010)
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Mark Ferguson
Jan 21, 2010 Mark Ferguson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the past year-and-a-half I've tried to understand what, exactly, happened to our economy in 2008, and though I picked up some useful information from a few select podcasts, radio shows, and newspaper articles, I could never quite get the pieces together in my mind.

This book cleared up almost all of the questions I had, and for that I would have given it 3 stars. The fact that almost all of the essays are well-written, engaging, focused on the personalities involved, and clear enough on the
Contains Wall Street on the Tundra as quoted below.
Because Iceland is really just one big family, it’s simply annoying to go around asking Icelanders if they’ve met Björk. Of course they’ve met Björk; who hasn’t met Björk? Who, for that matter, didn’t know Björk when she was two? “Yes, I know Björk,” a professor of finance at the University of Iceland says in reply to my question, in a weary tone. “She can’t sing, and I know her mother from childhood, and they were both crazy. That she is so wel
Mark Desrosiers
I lost count after the seventh appearance of the word "schadenfreude" in these essays -- really, that's the tone of this collection, and why I enjoyed it thoroughly. Some of the essays here are duds -- a history-spanning puff piece by Niall Ferguson probably the worst offender, though Mark Seal's overstabbing of the Madoff empire's corpse (in three separate articles) also became very tedious. However, Michael Lewis is astounding and hilarious in his reports on AIG and Iceland, and Joseph E. Stig ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Carlito rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally got to reading this book, although it's been wating for me for years.

Excellent stories and a very engaging read from the pages of Vanity Fair on financial and economy crisis of 2008/09.

It would be even more interesting to have some kind of recent collection on how the things went in the meantime, and to see if the predictions from some of those past stories on future of finance and economy came true and in what way.

However, as I've been reading Vanity Fair pretty regularly for the last f
Jan 14, 2014 Jeffrey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finance
The book's best feature is it's array of writers and the short punchy essays, however that is also it's weaker points. Unfortunately, the book starts of strongly, but it ends so poorly - almost falling into the standard Vanity Fair stereotype.

There are some outstanding essays - Michael Lewis (as always) and Bryan Burrough, if the collection had more like this it would easily be 5 stars.

The collection rapidly degenerates in Part Four: The Madoff Chronicles - where the articles appear no more than
Dec 11, 2011 Phoebe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: u-s
This book is really good and totally suspenseful even though it's magazine reporting and thus somewhat out-of-date (nothing is inaccurate, I'm guessing, but we know a lot more now, to our horror). It's a really fast read, even if you don't skip the NY Times chapter because it made you sad the first time and the Harvard chapter because you can't be compelled to care again.
Dave Cornford
Jul 12, 2011 Dave Cornford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential reading, moslty accessable to non-financial types.
Anthony Xing
Oct 23, 2013 Anthony Xing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some very good journalism. But if you are looking for an central thesis that the whole book argues, you will be disappointed. It's a collection of articles.
Feb 23, 2011 Steve marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Vidhu Shekhar
Apr 21, 2013 Vidhu Shekhar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome books. Lewis tells the story from the ground of the countries mired in the recession. Would love to do such kind of travel :).
Jun 07, 2013 Magda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great compilation of the different aspects of the events of the 2008 recession.
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