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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (December 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060565454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060565459
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A gutsy, important book” (Financial Times)

“Comprehensive and sharply written” (BusinessWeek)

About the Author

Currently an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, Susan Antilla has written for the New York Times and was bureau chief of the Money section of USA Today and financial bureau chief for the Baltimore Sun. Most recently, she was a columnist at Bloomberg News.

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The gentle giant in this book is clearly Gary Phelan.
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The first part of the book lays out the environment where sexual discrimination was prevalent.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bunson Honeydew VINE VOICE on November 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
I found it difficult to put this book down, and I would have given it 5 stars if the ending wasn't so weak. The end left me hanging and was a little confusing with all of the names and trials.

That said, I heard of some of the cast of characters in this book. I even worked for the same firm as one of them, and he was an arrogant guy who thinks his you know what doesn't stink.

Some of the stories in here were bizzare and almost all were well documented. Men and women should read this book to learn about Wall Street's dirty little secret. However, I am not convinced that this is a problem unique to Wall Street. I am positive that discrimination is in all industries, and it is not limited to sexual harrassment.
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12 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Dee on January 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book as I'm very familiar with the Brokerage Industry. I must say, while some of this is appalling, and people should never be treated poorly, it's relieving to know that there is a place where men are (were) still men. Men call each other disparaging remarks, call each other names, basically joke around and take it one step further. Unfortunately, women always want in, and it ends up ruining it for everyone. Any fun or solace we had is gone. It's a shame too, because those same women could have fun too and be "One of the guys" though fear of their lawsuits has now caused even the last bastion of men to fall. Why couldn't you just stick with Dr. Phil and leave us alone. Where can we hide from women and still be ourselves? Is there no place to go?? Even better, why can't those women just join us, rather than fight us! It would seem the last place men can work and have fun, and at the same time have women having fun with them is the Man Show, or the Howard Stern show. I'm sorry that sounds so sad, but it's our truth. Time's have changed, and while our son's will never know it, it's our own fault for caving to their whims, little by little by little. It's a women's world!
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