Michael Lewis is the author of Boomerang, Liar’s Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball, Coach, The Blind Side, Home Game, and The Big Short, among other works.
 (March 2013)


The Way They Live Now

The London Stock Exchange, 1955


by John Lanchester
If you had to pick a city on earth where the American investment banker did not belong, London would have been on any shortlist. In London, circa 1980, the American investment banker had going against him not just widespread commercial lassitude but the locals’ near-constant state of irony. Wherever it traveled, American high finance required an irony-free zone, in which otherwise intelligent people might take seriously inherently absurd events: young people with no experience in finance being paid fortunes to give financial advice, bankers who had never run a business orchestrating takeovers of entire industries, and so on.