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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
The Buy Side, by Turney Duff, is a thoughtful, well-crafted memo
I don't know the first thing about Wall Str...
I don't know the first thing about Wall Street or finance but I certainly learned a thing or two about how things really work; after hours and after dark. The juicy details of what goes on behind the scenes of Wall Street mixed with the sometimes humorous and often painful experience of the author's demise due to his hideous disease called addiction captured and held my attention from start to finish.
All the passages that included financial jargon were written in such a way that a layperson like myself could understand. The author teaches you these tidbits through fascinating recounts of events that, unlike Liar's Poker, are fact and not fiction.
That someone lived this life; that someone survived this life and is able to retell it in such a captivating way, is in and of itself unbelievable.
Whether you are interested in Wall Street, addiction or just plain ole drama and great writing, this book is incredibly entertaining and I can't recommend it highly enough. Read it now, thank me later.
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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
I was so disappointed by how boring this book was. It is not at
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Posted September 16, 2013
I give the book a middling rating because I think its one of tho
I give the book a middling rating because I think its one of those rare books that's heartfelt and honest. On the other hand, as a former Wall Streeter who reads lots of Wall Street fiction and non-fiction, I didn't think the book added much to what's already known. For example, I think most people know that depending on one's upbringing and morals, some professionals who work on Wall Street let the money and power get to their heads and feed their ego much more than others who work on Wall Street who have a stronger upbringing and moral foundation. Also, I believe most readers know that people who have the addictive gene are not a good mix with the Wall Street client- and money-driven scene. It's just not a good mix. I can also tell you as a long-termer on Wall Street that previous reviewers on this site have it right--there are good people and jerks in every line of work. Its just with the stakes so high onWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Wall Street, these jerky ego- and greed-driven behaviors become more accentuated. I can't tell you how many times I ran into huge egos on the Street who would treat folks they viewed as "below them" (e.g,, taxi drivers, waiters, retail merchants, secretaries, other service workers) like they were lower than dirt just to impress whoever was with them. I was glad to see that the author realized a bit late that life isn't about who has the biggest paycheck, or biggest house, or best car but that true meaning in life comes from more basic pursuits and daily activities.
Posted September 11, 2013
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