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"Thank God for the 3rd element, because if it wasn't for lithium Jared Dillian might still be in the psych ward looking for his shoelaces. Instead, we get "Street Freak", the best Wall Street memoir in a bunch of years. This guy can really f***ing "write. Street Freak "is more than just a great read, though. For anybody who's ever gone off the rails, or thought they might, it's a comforting reminder that there's always a way back." --John Rolfe, coauthor of "Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle"

"This revealing, personal memoir of a volatile period in the dual lives of a big-time trader and the fallen American giant Lehman Brothers is depicted in the fueled words of Dillian, a major figure at the company. . . .Writ[ing] in a style that veers from gonzo lucidity to precise trader chatter . . . Dillian offers a candid look at the demise of a corporate behemoth." --"Publishers Weekly"

"[A] disturbingly candid memoir . . . the highly personal journal of a poor kid who quit the U.S. Coast Guard to chase his dream of becoming a trader. . . . His narrative crackles with authenticity . . . the dominant tone is unsparingly confessional and even modest. Dillian's snail's-eye view is what makes his book a valuable companion to previous volumes on Lehman. . . . From hair-trigger decisions to trashy banter, Dillian captures how the market feels from inside the belly of a trading room. . . . [A] blunt and sometimes hilarious account." "--Bloomberg "

"A bipolar math whiz [and] amusingly caustic writer whose new memoir pulls no punches about a financial career that nearly cost him both his sanity and his life." --Fortune.com

"A scathing critique of selfish, scrambling men so driven to earn a buck that they lose all sight of the world beyond the tickers. . . . Dillian hardly fit the mold of the rich, Northeastern prep-schooler, and his outsider status served as a great attribute, offering him a clearer view of an industry both morally and economically bankrupt." --"Kirkus""Reviews"

"Always vivid, by turns hilarious and sad, this is an electrifying memoir about not only money and madness, but the madness of money. It left me wondering yet again about the shifting boundaries between sanity and insanity." --Siri Hustvedt, author of "The Summer Without Men"

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Jared Dillian is the founder of the subscription-based, daily financial market report The Daily Dirtnap. He worked on the Pacific Options Exchange from 1999 to 2000, and was a trader for Lehman Brothers from 2001 to 2008, specializing in index arbitrage and ETF trading. Dillian is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.  He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Visit JaredDillian.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439181276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439181270
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a gloves off, brutally honest account of what life is like working on Wall St. Dillian nails it by not hiding a thing about his experience and being brave enough to tell the world his perspective from the "dark side." Anyone who has worked in a sales or trading function, buy or sell side, will appreciate reading this piece. In addition, if you have no connection with Wall St other than the picture that politicians have painted by berating the group, I think this book will help shape your opinion. There is a lot of baggage that comes along with working on the Street that most people are not fully aware of and Street Freak gets to the heart of many of these conflicts.

I like to think of Dillian as the next Michael Lewis with a sprinkle of Bret Easton Ellis: Liar's Poker meets American Psycho.

Hats off to him for having the balls to say how he really feels!
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This is an extraordinary account of what it feels like to trade--and a book with the literary merit to electrify readers with no interest in Wall Street. Most books by traders, such as Victor Niederhoffer, Nassim Taleb or George Soros, filter the raw mental processes through a layer of rationalization. The authors want to impress you with their intelligence, not let you see their inner demons. Dillian is unfilted. Readers should be warned that means lots of farts, snot, bruises, vomit and other impolite things, and this in a book without a trace of grit. We never feel or smell these things, they are like crude graffiti neatly written on the wall of an antiseptic bathroom. Virtually every character (definitely including the author) is insulted and demeaned in ways that are highly incorrect politically. His customers are dirty, douchebags, hicks, slow or dozens of other bad things, never anything good. His coworkers are 95 percent bad things, 5 percent good (but only briefly).

Women, in particular, incite a constant obsessive objectification--and this in a book with absolutely zero sex. The only two women in the book who do anything other than provide a show for junior high school level crude lewdness, are his two psychiatrists who are described only as the "Russian model" and "startlingly attractive". Two words each for the medical professionals who saved his sanity, and only about appearance.
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I have read a bunch of wall street books recently and I find Street Freak (I had pre-ordered it because I knew the authors daily-dirtnap newsletter and liked his style) being one of the better ones, because it doesn't try to explain what happened in the financial crisis and doesn't get entangled in who did what and when.

It reminds me of the book about Jesse Livermoore: it is a first person view of a guy's way into and through Wall Street. The writing is entertaining and sometimes even funny and I found it found it hard to put down.
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I picked up "Street Freak" and was immediately hooked. I couldn't put it down. The amazing thing is that I've never worked on Wall Street. Dillian does a terrific job of pulling the reader into the chaos, the adrenaline, and the stress of a trading desk -- and he does it with a punchy sense of humor. I found myself alternately laughing out loud and sweating with nervous tension. As a bonus, Dillian provides juicy details on how much Wall Street guys actually make.

And, thankfully, this is more than just a book about Wall Street. Dillian is refreshingly honest about what was going on in his head through all of this. He leads us through the ups and the downs of both his personal and professional life, culminating in his eventual diagnosis with bipolar disorder.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to get wrapped up in a great story.
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Street Freak doesn't just put you in the Aeron chair of a single trader making markets in every ETF under the sun. It goes beyond the cologne, the order-in sandwiches and flatulence of the Lehman trading floor and puts you deep inside the brain of Jared Dillian--a "poor, smart and determined" Wall Street outsider with an undiagnosed bipolar disorder.

The characters are real and the trades are real. A department head is "a walking molecule of testosterone... who patrolled the aisles, rotating his shoulders and practically his entire torso just to tell people to go f--- themselves." And Jared recounts some of his biggest winning and losing trades with play-by-play accuracy.

While has-been traders like this reviewer will jaw-drop at how Jared literally moved markets on the "Street," it's the dark and deeply personal episodes of the "Freak" that make this a special read. Jared was a great trader, but luckily for us he's an even better writer.
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I tore through this book the weekend I got it. "Street Freak" is a surprising book. It is a vivid account of life on the Lehman Brothers trading floor from 9/11/01 through the bankruptcy of the firm, but it's also a moving account of the author's struggle with his emotional and mental problems. Jared Dillian does an amazing job of pulling the reader in to the story of his transition from Coast Guard officer to ETF trader at Lehman. It's often funny, irreverent, poignant, and full of colorful characters! I was expecting an updated version of "Liar's Poker" or "FIASCO", and while there were certainly aspects of those two Wall Street classics, this book was as much about the author's personal journey and ultimate redemption.

I wholeheartedly enjoyed, and unreservedly recommend this book.
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