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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A bond trader's ardent pursuit of the American dream turns sour in this smartly written second novel by Lasser (Battle Creek). Fed up with his ski-bum existence in the mountains of Colorado, Dartmouth graduate Barry Schwartz decides to uproot his wife and children and head for Manhattan to strike it rich. Armed with an MBA, he quickly settles into a frenzied trading job on Wall Street, with the squalid conditions of his former life in Colorado all but a memory. His hotheaded, miserably unmarried boss, Court Harvey, grew up with Barry and promotes him to a prestigious upper management position, then talks him into arranging a date with co-worker Gretchen, a pal from Barry's Dartmouth days. As tumultuous market activity rocks Wall Street, Barry's workdays grow longer, stress levels rise and avarice mounts. Feeling neglected, Barry's wife, Rachel, tires of the constant shuffle and begins yearning for Colorado, and Barry's wayward brother, Ben, calls from Canada begging for money to treat his newly diagnosed lung cancer. Court's forceful courting of Gretchen turns into stalking, and frazzled Barry ends up in an affair with her. By the time Barry's castle crumbles and the "money can't buy happiness" revelation dawns on him, Rachel and the children have moved out and his brother has died. Thankfully, Lasser doesn't diminish his characters' credibility with a cloying, pat conclusion, staying true to the painful consequences of Barry's greed. Himself a family man and former government bond trader, Lasser continues to write with a confident air of experience (though following the financial industry lingo will be a challenge for the inexperienced). This compelling merger of seductive Wall Street wealth and domestic turbulence is a great investment. (Mar. 26)Forecast: A blurb from Richard Russo, a five-city author tour and an eye-catching jacket should help this strong sophomore effort sell out its 50,000-copy first printing.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Review

“Fast and furious. . . . The macho beat of Wall Street pumps through this novel.” –Boston Globe

“Engaging. . . . Nail[s] down the wry, wisecracking tone of the business world . . . in lively, almost reportorially vivid detail.” –The New York Times

“[An] acutely observed modern morality tale . . . [that] gradually draws us deeper into the whirlpool of hubris, flailing temperaments, humiliations, high stakes, inflated egos, betrayals and high pressures of the financial world.” —The Miami Herald

“Lasser . . . has an insider’s grasp of life on the trading desk. If you have ever wondered whether you could hack it on Wall Street, you should read this book.” –Philadelphia Inquirer

“Intriguing. . . . Moves at the brisk pace of life on the trading floor, evoking the banter, stress and even the smells of an intensely masculine milieu.” —Newsday

"Utterly engrossing, harrowing, and, yes, fun. Scott Lasser's All I Could Get is all you could want." –Richard Russo, author of Empire Falls

"Smartly written. . . . This compelling merger of seductive Wall Street wealth and domestic turbulence is a great investment." –Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Takes you onto the floor and into the cubicles of the large trading houses and puts you behind the screen. . . . Along the way, [Lasser] shows us the high price of envy and ambition and the cost of one man’s dream to get to the top.” –Roanoke Times

“Lasser does a great job of showing his readers the fast paced world of high finance” –Rocky Mountain News


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (March 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375413251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375413254
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,359,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Scott Lasser is the author of four novels: Battle Creek, All I Could Get, The Year That Follows, and Say Nice Things About Detroit. His non-fiction has appeared in magazines ranging from the New Yorker to Dealmaker Magazine. Lasser has worked for a number of now-bankrupt companies, including General Motors, Lehman Brothers, and Dealmaker Magazine. Visit his website at scottlasserbooks.com.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BTX on February 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
A quick, tight read of what it's like, on a very personal level, to want to get ahead at the center of the high-pressure business world. Every step of the way I found myself drawn into the protaganist Barry's world, understanding why he made the decisions he did; I rooted for him even when the moral shortcomings of his decisions were clear. The evocation of the world of high finance was vivid, alluring and frightening at the same time. I felt this was how this world really worked. In the end a book that is both instructive and highly entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corsoe on July 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm actually not a trader but I like good novels and this was one of the best of the year. It's not only an expose of the Wall Street world---these people who like you to think they're busy running the world yet can barely run a normal life. Lasser has written a great morality tale for the end of the last century and the begining of this new one. Smart, funny and dead on, it makes it hard to wait for the next book of this rising star.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Im not sure what book the negatives read. Lasser's writing is a breath of fresh air from the overwritten mamoth novels of the "MS Word" era. I thought the cadence of his writing was engrossing. Descriptions were sharply written. The carpool dialogue was darkly hilarious.
Like a modern "The Grapes of Wrath", this book will make you rethink the calculus of economic theory that business schools would have us all believe is the only way to guide our thinking.
"AICGet" is an easy read. Its message is powerful.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KScissors on July 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book connected for me on many levels. First, it was a good read. I found myself picking it up for a few quick pages many times during the day--always a good gut check. Beyond that, it dealt with the core issues that I think so many of us wrestle with for most of our adult lives, ie, balancing our values with our needs, and resisting (or not) temptation. I could relate to the protagonist and found myself rooting for him even though I knew he was heading into the swamp at no one's fault but his own. The insights into Wall Street were a bonus, but in truth just a setting to play out the human elements. I felt that the writing was from the heart without pretension or cynicism like so many of the better known contemporary American novelists. I can't wait to read his other efforts.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a member of this wacky bond trading world, I really liked the book. One of the issues those not in the industry might grapple with is the reality of the characters. Surely there couldn't exist such crazy people, right? Wrong. Its spot on, which might be what offended those who didn't like the book.
I found it well written, a great story line, and very entertaining. While some of the jargon is unfamiliar to the layman, Lasser does a great job of demythifying it.
I tried to get through Bonfire of the Vanities and found it too cumbersome and fragmented. This book was a much easier read. And more true to life than you know.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "bgross10" on August 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The cast of characters seem so real and plot so plausible, I loved the book. I work in that industry, and there are all the characters there. It is a well descriptive book that I would reccomend for anyone.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott Anderson on September 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read Battle Creek and I think Scott Lasser's second novel shows that he is a rising star among new authors. Lasser has identified what is, for many of us, the central conflict in our life: namely, the balance between providing for our family and seeking an enjoyable and meaningful career. Although it is an issue which receives considerable press these days, Lasser's characters offer a refreshing and lively new vehicle to present this conflict. Lasser's main man, Barry Schwartz, contemplates the question what are we willing to do--what are we willing to risk, to go beyond paying the bills to lift our families up into that top 1% of society that no longer has any concern about money? Although Barry stumbles to a conclusion, after putting the book down I was unsure of what the proper balance should be. That's what I liked the best. It was an enjoyable read and it left me feeling a bit uneasy. I look forward to Lasser's next work!
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Witte on April 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
ALL I COULD GET is not only a highly readable novel, but at the same time a relevant commentary on the importance of social status and material wealth.
In a cut-throat chase for the American Dream, Wall Street bond trader Barry Schwartz sacrifices friendships, a strong marriage and his two children in the name of financial security.
Despite the the two previous poor reviews here of this book, I thoroughly enjoyed ALL I COULD GET. A fast-paced narrative and smart, real dialogue make this book an easy read. In my opinion, good fiction should be both entertaining and thought-provoking, and Lasser succeeds on both counts.
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