The Devil's Casino: Friendship, Betrayal, and the High Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers [NOOK Book]

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"Ward carefully and skillfully tracks the last 25 or so years of [this] great, doomed enterprise, and her portrait of a business entity is often engaging, spicy, and amusing. The book also does a fine job of sketching several outlandishly banal individuals who rose to prominence in the firm and ultimately were responsible, each in a different way, for its demise."?The Washington Post

"What's remarkable about this narrative is that Ward . . . humanize[s] many of the central figures ...

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Overview

Praise For Devil's Casino

"Ward carefully and skillfully tracks the last 25 or so years of [this] great, doomed enterprise, and her portrait of a business entity is often engaging, spicy, and amusing. The book also does a fine job of sketching several outlandishly banal individuals who rose to prominence in the firm and ultimately were responsible, each in a different way, for its demise."—The Washington Post

"What's remarkable about this narrative is that Ward . . . humanize[s] many of the central figures involved in the rise and fall of one of Wall Street's largest firms, offering profound insight into the titans of finance whose recklessness, greed, and competitiveness brought the U.S. economy to the brink of collapse. The story plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy in which the very principles upon which the firm was built prove to be its undoing. The Devil's Casino offers a fascinating glimpse into the culture of one of the most powerful firms on Wall Street. One hopes that the history it chronicles will also serve as a cautionary tale for the financial industry's still-uncertain future."—The Boston Globe

"A terrific tale of the weird and not-so-wonderful world of Lehman Brothers: the personalities, the bonuses, and, best of all, the backstabbing politics of the Louboutin-shod bankers' WAGs. The now-vilified former CEO, Richard Fuld, is portrayed not just as the aggressive 'Gorilla' of Wall Street lore but as a human sponge who absorbed the attributes of smarter colleagues to the point of stealing their entire personalities." —The Guardian

"Well researched, chatty, lively . . . As she charts the rivalries of life on Wall Street, Ward entertains with rich detail. The book skillfully depicts the lives lived in the background of great clashing events. And it also hints at what Wall Street has become since the crisis, at the apparent dominance of two survivors, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase." —The New York Times

"Vicky Ward serves up a book about an investment bank that is a spicy, dishy dish. . . . Ward builds a convincing case that duplicity and betrayal in the mid-'90s eventually led to the demise of Lehman Brothers." —Bloomberg BusinessWeek

"The Devil's Casino has everything readers might want to know about the personal foibles and shopping habits of key Lehman leaders and their wives?a fascinating read." —Financial Times

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Graham Bowley
…well researched, chatty, lively…as she charts the rivalries of life on Wall Street, Ward entertains with rich detail…The book skillfully depicts the lives lived in the background of great clashing events. And it also hints at what Wall Street has become since the crisis, at the apparent dominance of two survivors, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase.
—The New York Times
Stanley Bing
Vicky Ward's The Devil's Casino is an able new entrant into this crowded genre…It chronicles the sad and messy end of the House of Lehman in a relatively terse and fast-moving 270 pages…Ward carefully and skillfully tracks the last 25 or so years of the great, doomed enterprise, and her portrait of a business entity is often engaging, spicy and amusing.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470638248
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 394,579
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Vicky Ward has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 2001, specializing in investigative reporting. She has profiled, among others, Jean-Marie Messier, Carly Fiorina, CIA agent Valerie Plame, businesswoman Louise MacBain, Morgan Stanley, the late Bruce Wasserstein, counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke, FranÇois Pinault, the Getty, the Guggenheim, Fairfield Greenwich Group (a Madoff feeder fund), Brooke Astor, and Kate Moss. Ward is a columnist for the Huffington Post and a former contributor to CNBC and Bloomberg TV. She was previously the executive editor of Talk magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the London Times, and the Daily Telegraph. A native Briton, Ward was the runner-up for the Catherine Pakenham Award in 1994, Britain's most prestigious award for young women writers. She holds a master's degree in English literature from Cambridge University and has lived in New York City since 1997.
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Table of Contents

Cast of Characters.

Prologue.

Part One: The Ponderosa Boys.

Chapter 1. A Long, Hot Summer.

Chapter 2. The Beginning.

Chapter 3. The Captain.

Chapter 4. The “Take-Under”.

Chapter 5. Slamex.

Chapter 6. The Phoenix Rises.

Chapter 7. Independence Day.

Chapter 8. The Stiletto.

Chapter 9. The Ides of March.

Chapter 10. Eulogies.

Part Two: The Echo Chamber.

Chapter 11. Russian Winter.

Chapter 12. Lehman’s Desperate Housewives.

Chapter 13. The Young Lions.

Chapter 14. 9/11.

Chapter 15. No Ordinary Joe.

Chapter 16. The Talking Head.

Chapter 17. The Sacrificial Ram.

Chapter 18. Korea’s Rising Sum.

Chapter 19. The Wart on the End of Lehman’s Nose.

Chapter 20. Damned Flood?

Chapter 21. Closing the Books.

Epilogue.

A Note About the Sources.

Notes.

References.

Acknowledgments.

Index. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    Adding to the Lehman Literature

    Nowhere near as well written and/or as informative as Too Big to Fail.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    a great book

    i purchased this book for my mom. she whipped thru it in one day.
    she said she learn alot about wall street and what goes on behind the scenes of finance. she highly recomends it and i will be reading next as soon as she sends it to me

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