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The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess [Format Kindle]

Turney Duff

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Revue de presse

“Bracing…calls to mind books like Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney, and especially Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis…As spectacle [the book] easily trumps both…Mr. Duff proves a fine wordsmith: his prose is smooth, lean and rhythmic…An entertaining and cautionary tale, well worth your time.”
-Bryan Burrough, The New York Times 

 “A heavyweight confessional about the perils of a life spent chasing the almighty dollar…even though the author’s brutal honesty about his increasingly chaotic personal life is commendable, it’s really more his vivid portrait of the everyday inner workings of life at a hedge fund that fascinates…A fast-paced memoir of the easy-money hypercapitalist dream-turned- nightmare.”
--Kirkus Reviews

 “Looking for a Hollywood-worthy account of Wall Street with lots of juicy details about the high life? Duff, a former financial trader who climbed the ranks at several major firms, provides a fascinating glimpse into the trader’s life as he narrates his journey from smalltown boyhood in Kennebunk, Maine, to hitting the jackpot in Manhattan, to succumbing to the poisons of success…[This] fast-paced tale will absorb readers…a wild ride.”
--Publishers Weekly

is why I keep my money safe and sound under the mattress. You could get high just reading this book. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Wall Street traders."
 --James Patterson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls

“Turney Duff is a natural storyteller, and his tale of how a naive kid from Maine traded in L.L. Bean for Armani and got sucked into the seamy side of Wall Street is almost impossible to put down. The book is by turns hilarious, harrowing, maddening, and illuminating. After this debut, the smart money will be on Duff.”
--Bethany McLean, New York Times bestselling author of The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils Are Here

“Turney Duff’s The Buy Side picks up where the Academy Award-winning film about systemic corruption on Wall Street, 'Inside Job', leaves off.  Duff, who at one time was the promising rookie on the trading desk at troubled hedge fund Galleon, gives us a front-row seat to the Street’s dark side – but the tale also features a personal story that will have you cheering as Duff fights his way through a jungle of excess and figures out what really matters. To all those who want to rule the market not just during business hours but after hours, beware -- you may not have Duff’s survival skills.”
--Lawrence G. McDonald, New York Times bestselling author of A Colossal Failure of Common Sense
The Buy Side takes the reader on an extremely wild ride so eloquently and honestly that we never want it to end.  Cocaine wants everything you love and everything that loves you.  Turney Duff had everything and nothing while trading billions of dollars on a razor's edge. His book takes you from Wall Street to Skid Row to the Thompson Hotel – and then, mercifully, back to sanity and finding a place in the world. Hang on, The Buy Side is gonna move you around, and there are no seatbelts to keep you from getting hit hard.”
--Brian O’Dea, author of High: Confessions of an International Drug Smuggler

The Buy Side is ‘Wall Street’ meets ‘Breaking Bad’ – except that this book is fact not fiction.
Turney Duff yields to temptation at every turn, and the sheer volume of criminal behavior he saw, and even participated in, is astonishing…If you want to see Wall Street’s seamy underbelly firsthand, read this book.”
--Frank Partnoy, bestselling author of F.I.A.S.C.O and Infectious Greed
"If you took Gordon Gekko, Bud Fox, a copy of Bright Lights, Big City, and threw them in a blender with an ounce of cocaine, a bottle of Patron Tequila, and your favorite teddy bear you'd have yourself a Buy Side smoothie. Turney's my kind of guy; a madman with heart.  I couldn't put the book down."
--Colin Broderick, author of Orangutan
“Does Wall Street make people crazy or are crazy people simply attracted to Wall Street?  The Buy Side doesn’t get us any closer to answering that question, but along the way we get a look inside perhaps the most ethically-challenged investment firm in recent memory, and a harrowing journey through drug addiction and recovery.  This is not a musical comedy; at the end, you’re just relieved that Duff is alive.”
--Jared Dillian, author of Street Freak: Money and Madness at Lehman Brothers
“Turney Duff's The Buy Side is the perfect parable for Wall Street's lost decade. Duff’s account of his rise and fall has it all, from a fast-paced coke-crazed trip through Manhattan nightlife that conjures Bright Lights, Big City, to an eyewitness account of insider trading and front running that reads like a federal indictment. Broke but not broken, Duff ends up better than others on Wall Street have--sober, chastened, and lucky to be alive after the self-destructive excesses of easy money and empty ambition.”
-Guy Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of Octopus

Présentation de l'éditeur

The Buy Side is Turney Duff's high-adrenaline journey through the trading underworld, as well as a searing look at an after-hours Wall Street culture where sex and drugs are the quid pro quo and a billion isn't enough.

In the mid-2000's, Turney Duff was, to all appearances, the very picture of American success. One of Wall Street's hottest traders, he was a rising star with Raj Rajaratnam's legendary Galleon Group before forging his own path. What few knew was that the key to Turney's remarkable success wasn't a super-genius IQ or family connections but rather a winning personality - because the real money wasn't made on the trading floor or behind a computer screen, but in whispered deals in the city's most exclusive nightspots, surrounded by the best drugs and hottest women. For Turney, this created a perilously seductive cycle: the harder he partied, the more connected and successful he became, which meant he could party even harder. In time, he became a walking paradox, an addictive mess after hours, and King of the Street from nine to five. Along the way, he learned some important lessons about himself, and the too-wild-to-believe world of Wall Street trading.

In The Buy Side, the money is plentiful and the after-hours indulgence even more so, which has proved to be a bestselling and box office winning combination, as the success of The Wolf of Wall Street attests. Fans of Martin Scorsese's film and Michael Lewis's Liar's Poker and The Big Short will want to take a walk on The Buy Side.

'This is why I keep my money safe and sound under the mattress. You could get high just reading this book. Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Wall Street traders.' James Patterson

'The Buy Side is by turns harrowing, maddening, and illuminating. After this debut, the smart money will be on Duff.' Bethany McLean New York Times bestselling author of The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils Are Here

'The perfect parable for Wall Street’s lost decade. A fast-paced coke-crazed trip through Manhattan nightlife that conjures Bright Lights, Big City, to an eyewitness account of insider trading and front running that reads like a federal indictment.' Guy Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of Octopus

'The Buy Side is ‘Wall Street’ meets ‘Breaking Bad’ – except that this book is fact not fiction. Turney Duff yields to temptation at every turn, and the sheer volume of criminal behavior he saw, and even participated in, is astonishing…If you want to see Wall Street’s seamy underbelly first-hand, read this book.' Frank Partnoy, bestselling author of F.I.A.S.C.O and Infectious Greed

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 322 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 077043715X
  • Editeur : Constable (15 août 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 AMAZING memoir 3 juin 2013
Par Debra - Publié sur
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This book was absolutely awesome - it was everything a memoir should be. It was brutally honest, extremely well written and engaging but not over the top, and didn't come across as overly self focused.

The thing that I think I loved the most was that it was a really unique perspective that most people wouldn't have a lot of access to. I don't know people that make 2 million dollar bonuses, so it was fascinating based on that alone. I also don't know much about the world of finances or Wall Street, so that was also fascinating (and disturbing).

I also really appreciated the chronology. You become lured into his drug addiction just like he was. He believed he could quit and as you're reading it, you do too. It's written so that you become attached to the people involved and experience his life as he's experiencing it. I loved the honesty. He gives you enough detail to make it real but not so much that you feel like you're looking at him naked - it's a balance that's difficult to achieve and he did it flawlessly.

The writing is perfect. Sometimes the story carries the writing and sometimes the writing carries the story, but this had both. He nailed it.

I would say the only disappointment I had was (spoiler alert) that he didn't end up being able to reconcile with his daughter's mom. But that's not really the book so much as the story and I'm a sucker for happy endings. He handles it well though, and you can totally see why the relationship fell apart.

Overall an amazing book that I'll recommend to everyone I know. Well worth the read.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good description of one man's journey in high finance 24 juin 2013
Par Srikumar S. Rao - Publié sur
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Duff writes well and I guess he would have done well if he had pursued his original ambition to be a journalist. Instead he took a detour into finance and landed up as a gofer on the trading floor in a well known investment bank. He worked his way up and eventually became a trader in his own right and discovered in himself skills that made him a good one. For example, he did not fall in love with any position he took and was quick to cut losses. He also had sound instincts about the direction the market would head and the steady nerves to bet big on this. So, in glory years, he made a lot of money for his firm and for himself.

As he became successful there were wild parties with alcohol and girls and eventually cocaine, lots of cocaine. He lost control, quit before he was fired, went into rehab, recovered built his career back and became addicted again, went into another rehab and hopefully is now clean and will remain so. But - as he mentions at the end of his book - he has lost his money, wrecked his marriage, shares custody of his daughter and is not sure what the future will being.

Why three stars? I took away one star because he did not reveal as much as I expected he would about the shenanigans of Wall Street Trading. He does mention stuff like how brokers he places orders with routinely 'front run'. That is, they buy stock in the same companies BEFORE they execute his order, his big order drives the price up and they then sell at a profit. This is a practice both illegal and routine. He also has an interesting anecdote about how he was able to get his own back on one such trader by placing a big order with her to be executed at a specific time, waiting for her and her friends to front-run and buy the stock for their accounts, and then canceling his order. Would have liked lots more details about such activity but there was hardly any. Too much of the book was taken up by accounts of his sorry addiction and while I sympathize, I do not have much interest in this.

I took away another star because he rarely, if ever, provides context for his claims. For example, he asserts that traders A and B are the best in the business but does not tell you who their peers and competitors are, how they fare in comparative terms and what the indicia of such success are. Certainly he, and his friends, moved in a fast, drug laced arena. But is this the norm in the industry? What do others do? How wide-spread is the practice? How does he know? None of these questions are answered.

Also, the publicity for the book touts his employment by the Galleon Group founded and run by Raj Rajaratnam and and suggests that the book will give you the real scoop on what happened there. This is patently false. There are some vague suggestions that Raj did indulge in insider trading but you will get much more information by browsing the New York Times.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Personal Memoir, with some insight into a major social issue 3 mai 2013
Par Evelyn Uyemura - Publié sur
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This book at first reminded me an awful lot of Michael Lewis's 1989 book Liar's Poker (later of Moneyball fame). The basic plot starts out the same--bright but not particularly qualified young guy gets a job on Wall Street and is amazed at how much money he can make, and how arrogant and crude the guys around him are (Lewis has a guy known as Big Swinging Dick, while this book has a guy known as Baby Arm, for similar reasons), and gradually comes to accept that he has a right to this sort of wealth, but in the end, sees the error of his ways.

But this latest version of the plot is actually more personal and less about Wall Street as the problem, although in the end, he comes to the conclusion that he can't work there anymore and survive as a human being. But in this case, the book was written more or less as therapy, in an attempt to come clean and stay clean. Turney Duff developed a major cocaine addiction, and destroyed his relationship with the mother of his child along the way. His downfall also happened to coincide with the 2007-2008 meltdown in the financial markets, so he also lost his %$2 million dollar home, which went underwater almost as soon as he (inadvisedly) bought a mansion 2 hours away from where he worked.

However, this is not just "guy from the hood finds religion and stops using." This is advertised as "A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess," and so there is plenty of ammunition here for anyone who questions why a guy on Wall Street should be paid a million dollars a year or more. Duff majored in journalism, and he came into the business of trading on Wall Street with no background and no special skills. His uncle put him in touch with someone, his interview had nothing to do with what he knew about economics or finance, and yet he got the job and basically just lucked into vast amounts of money. His particular job is to call brokers and place buy and sell orders. The brokers also make a lot of money every time he trades, so he is just one layer of a layer-cake of people making money off of money. Where is the real wealth? Oh, that is made in factories and farms and mines, not on Wall Street. But the guy who works 80 hours a week in a factory is lucky to make $40,000, while these jokers make 10, 20, or 50 times that.

The amount of wining and dining, golf trips, limousines, trips on private jets, and more (much more!) is pretty stunning. It is not at all hard to see how a young guy could get totally caught up in this lifestyle and find it hard to imagine any other line of work. Turney Duff presents himself as a fun guy, a guy who wasn't particularly cutthroat, who wanted everyone to like him. He was far from the worst of the worst.

The story starts off kind of slow--I'm not really very interested in his relationship with his father or shoveling snow in Kennebunk, Maine, and it doesn't seem very relevant to where the story eventually goes. But you can't help enjoying the ride as the perks get larger and larger, the fun never stops, and then the descent into hell begins. At the end, it became a real page-turner as the real people around him, like Raj Rajaratnam, actually got perp-walked to prison by the FBI, and he thinks the feds are stalking him as well.

Michael Lewis later said that to his horror, his expose in Liar's Poker was taken by the next generation of young Turks as a how-to guide on how to get rich on Wall Street. Hopefully, this memoir will teach the important lesson that the cost of selling your soul includes drug addiction and lying bleeding on the street and sleeping under your desk.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fourth Step Masterpiece 28 mars 2014
Par David Bahnsen - Publié sur
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I will let you in a little secret (though I think I admitted this in my review of Wolf of Wall Street already … I will read any book and see any movie that comes out regarding life on Wall Street. I can know ahead of time that it is going to be cartoonishly stupid, and they often are, and I will still read or see it. Some are quite serious in nature (see my lengthy list of reviews covering the financial crisis of 2008), and some are entertainment-driven (the Wolf of Wall Street is a case in point). Michael Lewis may be known to many of you for Moneyball and The Blind Side, but the book that made him famous, Liar’s Poker, literally began a genre of books describing the excesses of Wall Street behavior. I’m not sure that any book in the genre since Liar’s Poker have been quite as good, but many have tried with varying degrees of success. And I read all of them.

Part of me thinks I read all of this stuff because it just fascinates me what people think about the financial advisory profession. I am a corner office managing director guy at a huge Wall Street firm, but I eat dinner with my wife and kids almost every single night. I’ve seen plenty of folks misbehave, but not any more than at an action sports trade show or a real estate office holiday party. It is the BUSINESS of Wall Street I love – the business of advising on capital. In case you haven’t heard me say it before, I LOVE free market capitalism, and there is no free market capitalism without capital markets. Therefore, I love the business of capital markets. And in the United States of America, we call that business “Wall Street”, so there you go.

Anyway, now that my little secret fetish is out (regarding guilty pleasure movie watching and book reading), let me explain what I was expecting out of Turney Duff’s The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader’s Tale of Spectacular Excess, and let me tell you what I got instead. I was expecting another infantile tale of some piker who, imagine this, liked drugs and sex – a lot. I was expecting a book claiming that every single person in a 50-mile vicinity of the Hudson River lives the same way. And I was expecting a book where a failed piker would blame Wall Street’s business immorality for his lack of success in the business. What I got, on the other hand, was very, very different.

I am not sure I would call the book a mere story of a Wall Street burnout. First of all, the real-life narrative itself is quite rare. For a young man educated in Ohio, a state many Wall Street elites are unaware is a part of the union, to become a prominent buy side trader is rare enough. But for the path to that trading job to have been an admin assistant job on the retail side of the business is utterly unheard of. Mr. Duff describes his journey with skill and literary flair. By the time he ends up at Galleon Group, a massive hedge fund which has since blown up behind the insider trading convictions of its key personnel, I am already enjoying the book, and realizing it is not going to be at all what I expected.

Duff gives readers a far more sensible and credible explanation of what he did for a living than many attempts at describing the business do. Unlike the pathetic scene in Wolf of Wall Street where Leonardo Dicaprio starts yelling to the FBI about “collateralized debt obligations” (before there was such a thing, and something he to this day would have absolutely no knowledge of or participation in whatsoever), Duff does not merely throw out finance-sounding vocabulary to tease the readers and get back to the stories of sex and drugs. Yes, there are a lot of stories about sex and drugs (more drugs than sex), but the book doesn’t insult its readers with disingenuous or vanilla descriptions of high finance. It is comprehensible but sharp, and that is a tough thing to do.

The book does go into exhaustive detail of the demons which brought down Mr. Duff’s career as a trader. In fairness to the author, though, it simply does not read as a glamorization of that lifestyle. Jordan Belfort agonized his readers with an almost frat-boy like description of his shenanigans in the Wolf of Wall Street book (which he pretty much had to do because there weren’t ten pages of actual business material). Duff isn’t bragging. He’s confessing. And if you aren’t rooting for him throughout the final chapters of the book to find recovery, to find sobriety, and to find God, then you just aren’t human.

The book really is an addiction tale more than a business thriller, but it is compelling, honest, and extremely inviting. I spent some time reading some interviews Duff gave after the book came out and he blew me away with his candor. There is no attempt to demonize all of Wall Street – quite the opposite. There is no juvenile story of how “Wall Street polluted me and made me do it”. He is a recovering addict who has been blessed with an extraordinary writing skill. I, for one, hope he’ll write again. This “genre” needs more writers like him. Michael Lewis worked in finance for about ten minutes and has spent twenty-five years getting rich from his moralizing, hypocritical tirades (though he is a remarkable writer, I confess). I do not know what the future holds for Turney Duff, but if he keeps his hands off a highball and on a keyboard, I am positive the best days of his life are still to come.

Because life on Main Street and Wall Street both testify to the powerful adage: Don’t quit before the miracle happens.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Buy High and Get Low 18 juillet 2013
Par L.W. Samuelson - Publié sur
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Duff's brutally honest memoir engages the reader from the beginning to the end. Imagine pushing a key on your computer and it sticks causing a firm to lose $400,000. Duff's career starts fast, and easy success coupled with copious amounts of money lead to alcohol and cocaine abuse. Just as he reaches the pinnacle of success, he is brought low by drugs and his lack of responsibility. He forsakes his girlfriend and daughter for the seductive power of cocaine and the book ends with Duff jobless and writing this memoir.

Throughout the book, Duff describes how the price of stocks are manipulated by brokers and market makers. (Raj, his first boss from Galleon, was convicted of insider trading and sent to prison.) Duff describes how he would buy up a stock to increase its price and then short it and make money when the price dropped again. No wonder people are afraid of the market.

Duff portrays himself not as a Wall Street hero but as an unscrupulous, greedy hedonist. He says he would never work on Wall Street again, but money and power are a powerful aphrodisiac and I wonder if he will be able to resist the allure and excitement of stock trading. I also wonder what will happen when the winds blow and the white stuff beckons as he sits alone at his typewriter. I don't get to play the tape of his life forward but I hope it doesn't get rewound so that he ends up like Bill Murray in "Ground Hog Day."
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