'The definitive account of a sensational trade' Michael Lewis, author of The Big Short
Autumn 2008. The world's finances collapse but one man makes a killing.
John Paulson, a softly spoken hedge-fund manager who still took the bus to work, seemed unlikely to stake his career on one big gamble. But he did - and The Greatest Trade Ever is the story of how he realised that the sub-prime housing bubble was going to burst, making $15 Billion for his fund and more than $4 Billion for himself in a single year. It's a tale of folly and wizardry, individual brilliance versus institutional stupidity.
John Paulson made the biggest winning bet in history. And this is how he did it.
'Extraordinary, excellent' Observer
'A must-read for anyone fascinated by financial madness' Mail on Sunday
'A forensic, read-in-one-sitting book' Sunday Times
'Simply terrific. Easily the best of the post-crash financial books' Malcolm Gladwell
'A great page-turner and a great illuminator of the market's crash' John Helyar, author of Barbarians at the Gate
Greg Zuckerman was the first to tell the world about John Paulson's sensational trade... He's written the definitive account of a strange and wonderful subplot of the financial crisis.
Zuckerman takes us to Wall Street's heart of darkness, where mushroomed a $1 trillion subprime mortgage market that only the few, the brave, the smart dared short. This is at once a great page-turner and a great illuminator of the market's crash.
Much, much more than a brilliant account of Paulson's trade of the century; this book also provides a highly enjoyable and lucid journey through the analytical and emotional maze that constituted the financial markets on the eve of the Great Recession. Compulsory reading.
A magnificent insider look at how Paulson and others profited off of subprime's demise... insightful and gripping.
Zuckerman has a story to tell, a thread to follow, and it just happens to turn out that by following the saga of John Paulson, he reveals all kinds of fascinating perspectives on complex finance, the real estate bubble and Wall Street and Washington's difficulties in putting the two together.
More than a cinematic narrative of how Paulson and others figured out how to short the market. We're also reminded of how opaque and illiquid some financial instruments are, how little Wall Street executives understood them, and how difficult it was for more knowledgeable bankers to say that the subprime emperor had no clothes.