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The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane Audio CD – Bargain Price, July 15, 2010
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"Captivating...the perfect prism to view the larger picture of what was happening across the financial canvas during those sky's-the-limit years."
"An extremely well-written book, a hard-to-put-down cocktail of small business mishaps and gigantic Wall Street egos."
"A circle of characters that could have come straight out of a potboiler...vivid."
-Joe Scarborough, "Morning Joe"
"If a hustling Candide had told the story of the Great Wall Street Meltdown, it might read something like this book."
-The Wall Street Journal
"Anyone who wants to understand Wall Street's insanity should read this book."
"A delicious, salacious recounting of Wall Street's bloated decade ...marvelously readable."
"Lane makes no excuses for the era. But the color he extracts makes for lively beach reading."
"A remarkable story."
-The Financial Times
"What Michael Lewis did for '80s traders in Liar's Poker, Randall Lane has now done for trader rock stars of The Zeroes. You will be stunned by the craziness and cautioned by the consequences."
-Jack Covert, 800-CEO-Read
"The stuff of sublime farce that could happen only in a time and place "when the obscene becomes normal," as Lane observes.
-Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair
-Tina Brown --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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And this is really the secret of the book. As he describes his struggle to keep the company afloat and take on more leverage just as his subjects have taken on massive debt, the outcome becomes the same in the massive recession. But it isn't just companies that go out of business. The overtly confident/cocky traders are also overleveraged with many suffering humiliating fates due to their high spending habits.
Names are named and unique stories are told. Of interest is the famous artist who agrees to paint the top traders and hopefully sell the painting to them for $140,000. It quickly becomes clear that these gentlemen are either cheap or true to their "trader" title, feel they must always negotiate a lower price. Pure comedy!
I must also comment on the diversity of reviews. Since so many people were hurt in this company there are quite a few with comments on what a terrible person the author is and how his story is self serving. I actually felt the mixture of humility and vanity the author experiences were well balanced. Maybe he is a narcissistic @ss and a terrible manager. All I care about his he wrote an interesting book from a perfect perspective that I enjoyed immensely.
I'm a financial person, so I felt a special curiosity, but anyone who has lately held a dollar in his hand and watched it kind of melt into small change will want to read this accounting of the years between 2000 and 2010 in the world of finance. And a bit of a scary world it is. Several times I found myself replaying a section because I really thought I'd been on top of all this when it was happening, only to hear that there were so many more levels that I wasn't aware of that I was a mere tyro. I had to listen again to make sure I heard it right. Randall Lane had an insider's view of the incredible tangle on Wall Street that left huge chunks of the population here and around the world wondering what the hell happened.
The book is eminently readable (or listenable, if, like me, you're an audiobook addict). Lane is a gifted wordsmith. It's one of those books that had me pulling into parking lots to sit and listen more closely to one chapter or another. If it's possible to call a finance tell-all "rollicking", then this one is just that. Just as reality did, the author just slides seamlessly from one epic piece of bad judgment on the parts of his fellow Wall Streeters and doesn't leave himself out of the cross-hairs.
If you have any interest in a comprehensible summary of what happened to your retirement fund, you're going to want this book.
1) It is exceptionally well-written. I haven't read a work of non-fiction as compelling as this one in years.
2) It is astonishing -- the author tells some truly impressive tales of avarice and bad behavior, and doesn't shy away from discussing his own errors.
3) It contains some great descriptions of the Wall Street mentality, something that everyone would be well-served to familiarize themselves with.
I highly recommend this book.