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Michael Lewis and the U.S. Congress

by Elaine Schwartz    •    Jun 4, 2010    •    360 Views

The Big Short by Michael Lewis (who also wrote The Blind Side) is a “hot read” on Capital Hill. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill) recommended it. Chris Dodd (D-CT) referred to it during a speech on Fannie and Freddie. And, Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev), John Ensign (R-Nev.), and Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) were among several other lawmakers who said, “Read it.”

Meanwhile, in a fictitious NY Times letter called “Shorting Reform,” Lewis expressed withering skepticism about Congress.  

Interesting.

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