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Black Tuesday Paperback – September 13, 2011
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I know what you're thinking. I thought it too. I'll be the first to say, I am a fan because of book like It Takes a Pillage: An Epic Tale of Power, Deceit, and Untold Trillions. Romance is not my usual genre. It works on several levels, so I'm still a fan.
Black Tuesday is the tale of Leila Kahn. She's an Eastern-European immigrant who has come to America to make a better life for herself after her family was decimated by Cossacks. In the part of her life we see, she becomes a waitress and manager at a coffee shop on Wall Street. This vantage point allows Prins to walk the reader who is unfamiliar with finance through some of the basics. The reader is in Leila's shoes as she learns about the workings of Wall Street from her customers. If you're familiar with it, as I am, it might feel a bit didactic. I thought so at first but then realized Leila had to learn from somewhere.
The plot centers on the love that Leila grows for one of here customers, a dashing banker who turns out to be part of the powerful Morgan family. Roderick, the banker, wears the crown heavily, as he has to walk thin ethical lines to keep the share price of the bank up and his tyrannical uncle happy. Leila is torn though, because she has a long-standing relationship that can't hold the changes in Leila's life.
Prins develops the two main characters fairly well. They have a life that isn't too cut and dried, making the book worth reading to see what happens.Read more ›
I just finished reading New York (by Rutherfurd) which I really enjoyed and I was looking for a good book like that one. Then, I found out about Black Tuesday listening to the interview Ms. Prins gave to Brian Lehrer from WNYC and decided to read it.
Congratulations to Ms. Prins, i is a very good book.
Leila is such a great character in all aspects - her thoughts about her new country, trying to grow, learn and help her family and, of course, her love dilemmas in a historical scenario perfectly presented by the author.
Go ahead, read the book, you will enjoy it.
The protagonist, Leila Kahn, a young Russian immigrant fresh from post-revolutionary pogroms, serves coffee and new-fangled things called hamburgers in Moishe's cramped Wall Street diner that stinks of beef; her customers are fractious Wall Street types whose wandering hands she cannot avoid as she edges between the tables, her own hands busy with cups and plates.
She shares a crowded Lower East Side tenement with an ailing aunt and other relatives, where sleeping is only possible in shifts, and where a washroom with leaky pipes, icy water and cracked tiles is shared with two other apartments.
Ironically, Leila is attracted to one particular banker who visits the diner every day; and turns away from her boyfriend, the firebrand Nelson, who dreams of the day when the poor will rise up and over-run Wall Street.
Tense scenes play out in the plush apartment of the conscience-stricken banker who becomes illicitly involved with Leila. There are riots outside the bank and more direct violence on a lonely, late-night Manhattan street. There is a harrowing scene in an abortion clinic, and some dramatic court scenes.
Personal conflict bursts on every page. Moral decisions are threaded through the narrative of this drama that resembles in many ways what is happening today: a villainous bank peopled by ruthless characters prepared to stop at nothing to hide fraud.
The lay reader gets a good rundown on the financial basics as Leila the newbie asks questions and gets answers.
And then Leila gets to learn things she should not know, and is confronted with making decisions against a threatening backdrop of violence and death.Read more ›
She did a very good job of showing the parallels between the '29 crash and the current meltdown which started in 2008. History repeats itself. "The only new thing in this world is the history you don't know." President Harry S. Truman.
As Nomi has pointed out in her other writings, stock market crashes all come from the same virus....the creation and issuing of worthless or badly overvalued pieces of paper("securities" sold under catchy names) and doing it on a massive and unregulated scale.
And there is absolutely nothing in place now (Oct. 2011) to prevent it from happening again and again.
She also does a great job of depicting the values, beliefs and lifestyles of the upper strata that floats along on the shoulders of the masses. And that is important because it is that regal mindset of imperial privilege and immunity that creates the environment and conditions for the ongoing royal fleecings of the masses by the ruling class (banksters if you prefer).
Somebody has to shine a bright light on these cockroaches who have been stealing our fortunes and futures since the 1920's, and before, and are still doing it. Nomi Prins is trying to tell us that these pillages are nothing new, are very predictable, and have a very, very preventable cause.
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The author created a story that was compelling and you really felt for the characters.Published 4 months ago by C. Bradley
I enjoy historical fiction and now I am more conversant with the 1920s. The effort that the author put into developing the characters and story line is apparent. Well done.Published 6 months ago by Richard Rosen
A very thought provoking book with a lot to ponder about the past and future. Once you get started it is difficult to put down. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Edith Dore
Really like Nomi Prins for her general financial acumen, but thought the book was very superficial, financially, and lot's of repetitveness as to the rest of the mediocre plot. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ron
This is a perfectly dreadful piece of fiction. It could well serve instructors in the art of fiction as en example of all the pitfalls of style, plot, character depiction, and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tommaso