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The Weekend That Changed Wall Street: An Eyewitness Account Hardcover – September 7, 2010
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When I say I like Maria, I mean it. She is reasonably conservative in some issues, a progression many of the talking heads on CNBC have gone through, and she is New York tough. I was on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange with a trader from my firm who has been there for over 25 years and he told me that when Maria first showed up guys would literally hit her, elbow her, run into her - all in a spirit of protest about a female intruding on their hallowed ground. Maria held her own, won everyone over, and she is now an icon. I see that as a remarkable accomplishment.
So when I say that I want to like her new book on the financial crisis of 2008, I mean it. But it is really tougn to read - disjointed, boring, re-hashed, just bad. This is not to say that there are no interesting parts, because there are.Read more ›
One thing I noticed in "The Weekend That Changed Wall Street" is that Maria tries to get more attention by writing again and again "My source told me...", "I learned from my source..." etc. This is something I didn't find in Sorkin's or Lewis' books. Also, she started the book from her family and her career history and tried to establish a link with Wall Street events and so on.
"Too Big To Fail" is really a big book and takes time to go through and so Maria's book is perfect for someone in rush.
Sorkin ended "Too Big To Fail" covering events till 2008 and Maria went ahead to cover 2009 and early 2010.
A good book (3/5).
She notes, "Unlike Bear Stearns, where stock in the company was mostly held by the top executives, Lehman had a trickle-down ownership culture, with the lower rungs of the company, such as executive assistants, paid in stock. If Lehman fell, there would be a lot of average people left with nothing." (Pg. 22)
She suggests, "the fact that so few people saw the danger building during the boom years is remarkable." (Pg. 37) She adds, "By 2007, the boom times were effectively drawing to an end. No more lavish parties. No more euphoria. It was Judgment Day." (Pg. 38-39) Later, she laments, "Now that the fall was happening, I was deeply disappointed and personally shaken. I knew that whatever the outcome of the weekend, things would never again be the same for any of us. There was a lot of pain ahead." (Pg.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great read tells what really happen.i recommend this book to anyone who plays the stock marketPublished 8 months ago by gregorymarcogliese
Maria is the best! Loved watching her on CNBC as she was very informative and intelligent. Fabulous book lets you late a peek behind the Wall Street curtain so you can see what's... Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by C. Larson
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Riveting read hard to put down. Would recommend to anyone who followed the market to check this out.maria at her finestPublished on January 12, 2013 by cheesehe
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The 2008 fall meltdown of the banking stocks affected all of us. It is hard to believe that business leaders are as dense as to believe that something is to big to fail. Read morePublished on November 23, 2010 by Nellie Bly