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Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals par [LeFevre, John]
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His story reads like a frat boy's fever dream of the high-flying life: morning drinking, late-night drinking, and drinking all the hours in between; pranks, bar fights, cheating, travel, and prostitutes... Equal parts fun and train wreck, this is a tale engineered to astonish anyone who wondered which fools were behind the crash of 2008; few could have pictured how absurd the truth really was. --Publishers Weekly

This book is going to annoy and offend a lot of people, with good reason. It is a vicious, vacuous, caustic world he illuminates. But it would be a shameful waste if we didn't have Lefevre to find the humour in it all.

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“Some chick asked me what I would do with 10 million bucks. I told her I’d wonder where the rest of my money went.”—@GSElevator

Over the past three years, the notorious @GSElevator Twitter feed has offered a hilarious, shamelessly voyeuristic look into the real world of international finance. Hundreds of thousands followed the account, Goldman Sachs launched an internal investigation, and when the true identity of the man behind it all was revealed, it created a national media sensation—but that’s only part of the story.

Where @GSElevator captured the essence of the banking elite with curated jokes and submissions overheard by readers, Straight to hell adds John LeFevre’s own story—an unapologetic and darkly funny account of a career as a globe-conquering investment banker spanning New York, London, and Hong Kong. Straight to Hell pulls back the curtain on a world that is both hated and envied, taking readers from the trading floors and roadshows to private planes and after-hours overindulgence. Full of shocking lawlessness, boyish antics, and win-at-all-costs schemes, this is the definitive take on the deviant, dysfunctional, and absolutely excessive world of finance.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 5107 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 336 pages
  • Editeur : Atlantic Monthly Press (14 juillet 2015)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00JLQ4QH2
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Insane corruption. Very entertaining also. 19 août 2015
Par Blue Icebreaker - Publié sur
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4 1/2 stars. This book is great entertainment. It provides you with a rare opportunity to see the world of elite-level banking. The stories of deviance and debauchery are interesting. The persons involved are depicted in a very realistic and above all funny way. But this can be considered mere fun and trivia. As the author said in an interview, the real outrage comes from seeing how the bankers do business: they are all utterly corrupt.

I have recently read Ice-T's autobiography. There is a revealing quote in it:

"One thing I've learned from straddling two worlds: Hollywood is way more gangster than the streets. It comes down to this. The higher you go up the mountain, the colder it gets. I’ve been around some of the most ruthless gangsters in the streets of South Central L.A., but I’ve never seen anything like Hollywood’s gangsterism. When cats are dealing with billions of dollars, anybody—I mean, anybody—is expendable."

Now imagine that multiplied by a billion. The world of banking is corrupt to the bone. The difference is that the 'collateral damage' are whole states, millions of people who aren't even aware why the system works the way it does and why the bailouts always cost the common man and not the bankers themselves.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Breezy Beach Reading 26 juillet 2015
Par Absinthe - Publié sur
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LeFevre's book makes for breezy beach reading. There are a few nuggets of information here, but most of his stories merely confirm what we already know: investment banksters are greedy, amoral narcissists who focus their life upon making a lot of money. Many if not most of them are sociopaths who indulge their own squalid pleasures instead of attempting to lead a virtuous life. In fact, they resemble politicians and entertainers ... um, and a few academics whom I have known.

Whether it is worth the money and time a reader invests in it probably depends upon one's available wealth and leisure as well as upon one's interests. For my time and money, "Straight to Hell" is worth a quick laugh or two. In terms of abstract political-economic thought, Keynes and Hayek -- and their mutually respectful disputations -- remain unsurpassed in recent literature. The most valuable description of how The Money Power works today, IMHO, is still Doug Henwood's "Wall Street", to which I frequently return despite its age (1998).
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 One Star 20 août 2015
Par Timothy R. Rinkoski - Publié sur
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Way too much bluster!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 This was the worst book I have ever bought from Amazon 17 septembre 2015
Par Derek Harvey - Publié sur
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This was the worst book I have ever bought from Amazon. Self indulgent to the extreme. Not what I expected.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 I occasionally enjoy the twitter feed 21 septembre 2015
Par TravellingCari - Publié sur
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I occasionally enjoy the twitter feed. I found the fill in to make this book length boring and self aggrandizing. Glad it was a library book
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