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Inside Out: An Insider's Account of Wall Street Hardcover – September 25, 1991

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From Publishers Weekly

Levine, one-time managing director of Drexel Burnham Lambert and cohort of Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken, spent 17 months in federal prison for inside trading. Arrested in 1986, he was the "first domino" whose revelations helped bring down others. How did a "middle-class boy from Queens" raised to ethical standards become a crook? "There is no easy answer," writes Levine, who spends 432 pages of this brisk first-person narrative attempting to convince the reader that he is basically a decent guy who was "blinded by unrelenting ambition, to be sure." As for "smug" Boesky, Levine, who now heads a financial consulting firm, deems him "one of the most manipulative and deceptive individuals I ever met." Those intrigued by details of Wall Street wheeling and dealing will enjoy this confessional. Coauthor Hoffer also co-wrote Not Without My Daughter. Photos. BOMC and Fortune Book Club alternates; condensation rights to Reader's Digest.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Without condoning the insider trading for which Levine was convicted in 1986, it must be said that this is (as the blurb has it) a riveting book. Serving 17 months provided Levine time to reflect on his crime, wondering why, with a salary of $2 million-plus, he continued to use his inside knowledge of mergers and acquisitions to trade illicitly, racking up profits of $11 million. Levine's chronicle is free of business-world jargon and obtuse concepts, the pace is intense, and the events are fascinating. All the big names later also convicted (Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken) are here, as well as the Leveraged Buyout (LBO) mavens Rupert Murdoch and Carl Icahn. The question remains: How can we prevent future insider trading? Even in prison Levine was continually asked for "hot tips" by other inmates. Recommended, not just for business collections.
- Alex Wenner, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 431 pages
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons; 1st edition (September 25, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039913655X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399136559
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lou on September 6, 2013
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It is a true srory that grabs one's attention and holds it. I read it twenty-five years ago and found it just as interesting, again. It brings to light the highest level of finance that few Americans are a ware of. If Dennis Lavine had remained an honest stock broker, we would have never heard about him and his interesting story. He amassed millions of dollars in a hiden bank account. All that money did nothing for him but knock him out of a job most of us could only dream about. It is one of the best stories I have read at age 81.
Lou Barber
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I read this book before reading "Den of Thieves". I would really love to know what has happened to the author since publication. I found the book very interesting even though I found the author unrepentant and heavily biased in his interpretation of actual events (read "Den of Thieves"). Seems as though Levine wrote the book to mainly make amends to his wife and to convince readers of his own importance. However, I do tend to believe Levine's descriptions of the behind-the-scenes investment world.
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I have found the book to be a very thorough and deeply personal account by a person who made a mistake during the 1980's go go era. The subsequant Dot Coom boom and the boom and bust cycles gives an interesting perspective to insiders to some of the forces that the leveraged buy out pioneers were exposed to. Dennis Levine sums it up with "there for the Grace of God go I.." You had to have been there to understand.

The insiders account is well written, reads well and is full of detail. It is a blistering good read and is a reflection of the journey.

What stands out is that it is a very slippery slope, and that decent people gets swept up in the atmosphere of such a greedy era.

The single great regret of Mr Levines life is that he will forever be remembered for a mistake and a small portion of his life. He is much more than that, and most people miss that. It would seem that industry insiders fear being associated with him, should any of the tarnish and bad rep reflect on him. My personal feeling is that he learned a thing or two about life, intellectual and other types of integrity. Charcater comes from suffering, and that comes to us all. We all have our cross to bear.

The key question for me, is whether we are willing to help others from what our own choices and journey gave and taught us. In this context, Dannis Levine is a honourable man, and shares with an open hand. He may be a pariah in he investment banking community, but he is more than that for the rest of us mortal beings. The question is what do you do with the choices you have. There is a lot to be learned from the man. It has taken me a few years to move from "quick to judge" to "slow to understand". This book was a useful tool on this journey. I recommend it highly.
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What happens when someone with the ego the size of New York gets a book contract? Read this book and find out. This guy is amassing, the book details out his make and break it life in Wall Street and is more of an additional way for him to continue pumping up his ego. There are promises of his wheeling and dealing details and how he was one of the majors in the Junk Bond and M & A scene of he 80's, but once you read the book it seams more like he was always looking in the window at the real players. Sure he was a crook, but not the top level, more of an upper middle management kind of guy. Overall the book does not really give you much new info, it really is just a description of this arrogant fat cat that wanted the world to treat him like a king. I would suggest you not be an enabler to his egomania and move past this book. If you are interested in this topic then I would suggest you also read "Den of Thieves" and "Predator's Ball", both of which cover the 80's M&A and Junk Bond world. To get a better understanding of KKR, I would suggest "Masters of Debit". They are much better books then this one.
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