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Tales from the Boom-Boom Room: Women vs. Wall Street Hardcover – November, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"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
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Top Customer Reviews
I would have appreciated if Antilla had consulted with some Constitutional law experts. She should have noted that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld mandatory arbitration shortly after Judge Motley upheld it in this particular lawsuit.
Antilla captures the culture of Shearson Lehman Bros. and Smith Barney with uncanny accuracy. Any investor -- male or female -- should read this book to understand some of the ways that the Wall Street good old boys network circles the wagons to protect their own.
The first part of the book lays out the environment where sexual discrimination was prevalent. It's so clearly offensive that it's amazing there wasn't a larger settlement in this case. But this is where the book greatly details the unique twist in the case. The protagonist goes through two lawyers and watches as her lawyer and the opposing lawyer seem to become more in agreement than her and her lawyer. Eventually she's dropped from the settlement even though her name still appears on the class action suit. So while I thought I was a reading a sexual discrimination, the book turned into attorney/client relationships and attorney greed in class action cases.
Do I think the attorneys became more concerned about their large fee than their client? Yes. Do I think the original client could be difficult to deal with? Yes. But the outcome is tragic and no one got what he or she deserved. Justice was not monetarily served for the defendants in my opinion. I strongly recommend this book if you have interest in investment banking, law or women's issues.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Too bad Antilla doesn't have a clue that it is **humans**, en toto, that do evil, not just men. Typical shallow, reductionist thinking that passes muster simply because the... Read morePublished on September 18, 2008 by Prof. Mudpie Dickens
Antilla's narrative is very well-written, offering chilling stories of incredible misbehavior in the investment world. Read morePublished on February 14, 2003 by Mark D. Wolfinger