The Greatest Trade Ever Book Review

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Score
84/100 (1 rating)
Readability
5/5
Length
5/5
Use of Illustrations
3/5
Index and Layout
3/5
Quality of Information
5/5
Title The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History
Author(s) Gregory Zuckerman
Publish Date Nov-2009
Amazon Rank 177,534
ISBN 0385529910

Review The Greatest Trade Ever

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recommends The Greatest Trade Ever
Great biography of John Paulson and the sub-prime mortgage crises
Score
84/100
Readability
5/5
Length
5/5
Use of Illustrations
3/5
Index and Layout
3/5
Quality of Information
5/5

This book covers the same subject that Michael Lewis covers in The Big Short (Inside the Doomsday Machine) and most of the same characters. While the Big Short had Michael Burry as the central character and main point of view The Greatest Trade Ever has John Paulson at the center and the story is mostly his account of what happened.

I'd suggest that you read both books but if you were only able to read one then I'd suggest this one. I feel that Michael Burry's story is more interesting from a character perspective because he had to deal with Asperger Syndrome and he was the first to setup and start shorting the toxic mortgages. However, John Paulson's story is more interesting from the financial point of view because he managed to pull the trade off most successfully.

A great read.

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