Finished Roger Lowenstein's Origins of the Crash a few days ago.
I enjoyed this book, but it would not be the first book I would recommend to professionals. To anyone who was deeply involved in the stock market in the 1990s, there is little new here. Lowenstein gives a fairly brief overview of several aspects related to the Bubble and its aftermath, including the effects of stock options, the conflicts of Wall Street research, Enron, egregious CEO pay, etc., but there is little here new to the average professional. For pros, I would recommend Bull! A History of the Boom, 1982-1999.
I do, however, highly recommend this book to any non-professional. Lowenstein writes in an easy-to-read style, and he touches on most of the issues of that time. Because of Lowenstein's skill as a writer, I would not be surprised if this will be the book about the 1990s Bubble people will read 50 years from now. In some ways, Origins of the Crash reminded me of John Kenneth Galbraith's The Great Crash 1929.
So, if you're a pro, this wouldn't be the first book I'd recommend if you want to re-live the 1990s. But it would be a great gift to, say, a family member, who wants to learn what all the fuss was about.
I give it
and it goes into my Investment Book Log.