From Publishers Weekly
This in-depth investigation of the Smith Barney sex scandal and other discrimination against women on Wall Street in the 1990s is an eye-opener. Bloomberg News columnist Antilla deftly tracks the drama and its legal twists and turns, capturing the different points of view while depicting the main characters convincingly. The effect of the lawsuit against Smith Barney was huge, opening a discussion of how women were treated in this male-dominated industry and eventually leading to a watershed change. Antilla begins with the lurid tales from Smith Barney's Garden City, N.Y., basement party room (the so-called "Boom-Boom Room"), where lap dances took place, managers carried guns and men burped, farted and partied with gusto and apparently little self-control. But stories like these were not limited to this one location. Industrywide, many women told similar, recurring tales of how they were intimidated; harassed with X-rated talk; excluded from business lunches, meetings and golf outings; and how their careers were damaged or stymied in various ways. These women put up with devastating behavior far beyond typical locker-room shenanigans; many quit or considered suicide. From Merrill Lynch to Smith Barney, Olde and others, such behavior finally prompted major lawsuits, leading to arbitration and massive media coverage. Antilla expertly untangles the story's many contrasting sides, creating a compelling and disturbing portrait of an industry and the women who dared to challenge it. Photos.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"...a book that shows what a really good investigative reporter can do with the hot topic of sexual harassment." -- Lucy Sussex, Sunday Age (Melbourne), November 24, 2002
"A gutsy, important book." -- Kate Jennings, The Financial Times, December 5, 2002
"A startling new book
A catalogue of long-suppressed abuse of women." -- James Langton, The Evening Standard (London), December 5, 2002
"An explosive new book that has scandalized Manhattans financial district." -- Sarah Baxter, Sunday Times (London), November 17, 2002
"Comprehensive and sharply written
The author turns up some outrageous details." -- Heather Timmons, Business Week, November 25, 2002