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Street Freak: A Memoir of Money and Madness Paperback – September 11, 2012
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"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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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
I wholeheartedly enjoyed, and unreservedly recommend this book.
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And interesting look at a very iconoclastic guy who lived for seven years on the 300 person trading floor at Lehman Brothers. Read morePublished 1 month ago by thomas mitchell
The pure truthyness was beyond the pale. Top load read for folks seeking some into the real world of big casino issues. JGPublished 2 months ago by vicki j good
Truth be told, I wasn't expecting a lot from this book but I found it surprisingly well written, never anything less than interesting, and brutally honest. Read morePublished 3 months ago by The Nog
Superbly written, wonderfully pacey and incredibly heartfelt. Very enjoyable indeed. Looking forward to reading his next one. Thank you JaredPublished 3 months ago
Author Jared Dillian provides a stark glimpse into his journey through Wall Street in this fascinating memoir. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. Spencer Wilson