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Praise for Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street

"Tavakoli takes us on a scenic tour of the recent lowlights of Wall Street and Washington...demystified and rendered tragically human. It's a compelling tale."
Jake Bernstein, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting


"Janet Tavakoli is a born storyteller with an incredible tale to tell. She takes us on a brisk journey from the depravity of 1980s Wall Street to the systemic recklessness that crushed the global economy."
Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents' Bankers

"Merrill Debauchery Only Begins This Woman's Tale... 'Neither Bill nor I believed Calvi committed suicide,'  Tavakoli writes. 'Bill joked that he'd never hang himself. It was too gruesome.'"
Bloomberg News

"Good things sometimes happen in life. Janet Tavakoli's latest book. Recommend it to all financial professionals."
Global Association of Risk Professionals

"An authority on credit derivatives, has written a reflective memoir about life in the world of finance. Tavakoli is not a woman who employs words carelessly, and when she says fraud she means ... fraud."
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Praise for Janet M. Tavakoli

"She knows her stuff, has strong opinions, and turns a colourful quote."
Financial Times

"Janet Tavakoli knows more about the inside of the financial world than nearly anyone else!"
Jim Rogers, Author of Street Smarts - Adventures on the Road and in the Markets

"Intelligent analyst whose command of the arcane world...mixed with a brutally honest analytical framework makes it a pleasure to read her work."
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Decisions, is a short nonfiction Wall Street memoir. The pressures of Wall Street's low moral tone and an interconnected web of decisions reshaped people's lives, drove some to despair, and changed the landscape of global finance.
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Product Details

  • Series: Inside Observer Volume 2
  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons McNamara LLC (March 30, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985159073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985159078
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A short, but very nice chronicle of what's wrong with our banking system and an important piece for anyone who still believes the narrative sold to people during and after the 2008/2009 housing crash.
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If you want to read a book on how the Fed, the government, and Wall Street are bedfellows in clear, concise, and understandable terms, then read this short book. It's eye opening, written by a person who was there, has integrity and credentials, and can explain things so anybody can understand. That's why the stock market keeps going up and up, but, the United States will have to pay the piper someday. Excellent reading for those who want to know.
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If you want to understand how the biggest theft in world history took place, I highly recommend this book. I've read other accounts of the Financial Collapse of 2008 that left me scratching my head, but Ms. Tavakoli has a fluid and accessible writing style that allows the reader to understand what happened, why it happened and how it is likely to happen again. This book is enraging since it clearly demonstrates how a bunch of pompous sociopaths managed to privatize rewards and socialize risk in the banking sector, while producing nothing of value to the public at large. The executives at Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase and the other Too Big To Fail institutions should be rotting in prison for their crimes, but instead are protected by a political and regulatory system that is bought and paid for by their political contributions. It's a shame that the American Taxpayers are too stupid to force these criminals to be subject to justice for their crimes.
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Like all of Ms. Tavakoli's writings, this little nugget pulls no punches and cuts straight to the chase. However, this volume is different from Ms. Tavakoli's other writings (e.g., "Structured Finance and Collateralized Debt Obligations" or "The New Robber Barons") in that it sticks to the big picture, is brief, and contains a significant human element. These traits are important because it makes Ms. Tavakoli's writings and poignant analysis of the financial crisis and its aftermath accessible to a broader spectrum of business readers. You probably need a cursory understanding of derivatives and the financial crisis to make this book a quick read, but you definitely don't need any specialized knowledge of arcane derivatives concepts or finance.

In short, this book is nearly a decade of Ms. Tavakoli's writings and insight distilled to its key points and compacted into less than 100 pages.
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In typical Tavakoli style, this book names names and pulls no punches in describing the cronyism and corruption that continue to plague our financial system. It seems that nothing was learned and nothing has changed following the crisis of 2008, which is hardly surprising given the incestuous relationship between Wall Street and Washington. A quick and entertaining read, but as other reviewers have noted, one that will leave you depressed and concerned about the future of our country.
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This book is short and easy to understand. I like that style of writing. If you want to understand what really happened during the 2008/2009 collapse of the economy, and how they are setting us up for another collapse in the near future, then, you should read this book.
Our society spends most of the time preoccupied with nonsense news, pointless celebrities and gossip. In the meantime, bankers and politicians are setting us up, and robbing us blind. They are demonstrating how fool we are and how they keep stealing our money and we let them get away with it. It discuss me the arrogance and clear disregard for ethics and common decency.
This book is for the average person that wants to see through the veil of fanancial jargon and complicated transactions. She explains it in a way anybody can understand it. That's the magic of this book.
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Great book. Very insightful look into the dynamics behind the economic crisis of 2008. I love Janet Tavakoli's courage in taking on the unethical behavior in the financial industry. It is nice to see a person of such high integrity. She makes me want to stand up for what is right.
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Very informative book on the greed of Wall Street and MOST bankers in general. Your blood will boil because these guys have done irreparable damage to our economy and not one person has gone to jail. They are truly above the law. It's truly a shame.
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