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Book Review: 'The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine'

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Book Review Title: "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine" Author: Michael Lewis Publisher: Norton, 2010; 266 pages; $27.95 The saying "hindsight is 20/20" has never been truer than when applied to explanations of the recent real estate bubble and burst and the subprime mortgage market debacle. Every other person you talk to decries the "obvious" destiny-for-failure of every element of the crisis, from Fannie and Freddie to interest-only adjustable-rate mortgages, to ever-escalating home values. The unanimity of backward-looking "I coulda told you so's" is so overwhelming it belies the reality that hundreds of banks, tens of thousands of professionals, and millions of homeowners participated in and had their own role to play in creating the problem. Otherwise, there would be no problem, right? In light of all this Monday morning quarterbacking, brilliant writer Michael Lewis -- who also wrote "Moneyball" and book-...