John Lanchester is the author of Capital, a novel, and I.O.U., a New York Times best-seller on the financial crisis. A regular contributor to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, he lives in London.
"Lays out the case for financial literacy and then provides an essential glossary of terms for those who would like to achieve this happy state." -- Sarah Lyall - New York Times "A terrific primer on financial jargon... Anyone who wants to understand the nightly news should keep this volume at hand." -- Publishers Weekly "Reading this book is like meeting an easy-going guy at a cocktail party who can explain everything that's always mystified you about high finance-`inverted yield curve,' anyone?-with sparkle, wit, and crystal clarity. And if you're already a finance-insider, you'll get a kick out of Lanchester's sly ironies." -- Jim Holt, best-selling author of Why Does the World Exist? "How to Speak Money is a wonderful and enlightening book. Refreshingly clear, sharp, and funny, it'll help you understand not only what the language of finance means but also why it matters." -- James Surowiecki, best-selling author of The Wisdom of Crowds "An entertaining and informative read... Witty, provocative and engaging." -- Evening Standard "A hugely enjoyable book... Lanchester is a kind of brainy Everyman, a brilliant communicator." -- Melanie Reid - The Times "Insightful and often funny... An invaluable primer." -- Ian Critchley - Sunday Times "One of the world's great explainers of the financial crisis and its aftermath." -- Michael Lewis "An idiosyncratic collection of short, sharp essays translating the jargon of finance with admirable concision and wit." -- Peter Sokolowski - New York Times Book Review