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am 22. Oktober 1999
First read this book in college. Reread it recently have having spent the last five years in the finance industry, several in high-yield investment banking. As a narrative, the book is a nice read, especially the first half. But to say that it's not an objective piece of work would be hyperbole. Stewart does well capturing the flavor and the sensationalism of the times but his assessment of Milken or Drexel or the high yield market, is not a sober or accuate one. And his numbers didn't always add up. (Take a calculator to those pages explaining bond commissions.) In the end, Stewart comes off as just another conspiracy theorist, before the conspiracy theories were in vogue. Still, kind of a fun read.
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am 1. Oktober 1999
This book was really well writen and covers the breadth of what goes on in the investment banking world. I like the introductions on how the major investment houses started, and the roles of the Investment bankers, traders, lawyers, arbitragers etc. The central figure is Michael milken, who the book suggests is greedy and foul. The book is obviously on the side of US law enforcement, who some argue were biased and sought to destroy Milken for other motives. On the whole, I think it is a great book and it really helps one understand the whole finance game, and what happens (or used to happen) in wall street. Being from an Engineering and computing background, but with interest in M&A myself, I feel this book was really cool. I however reserve my judgements on Michael Milken till I read another book that is pro Milken. Taking away the crime aspects, I think Michael Milken is a genius.
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am 29. Juli 2000
James Stewart's expose on the Wall Streets scandals of the go-go 80's reads like the Oliver Stone film come to life. The stories of such high flying white collar crooks as Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken and how they met their downfall is nothing short of fascinating. These were guys whose genius made them wealthy beyond most people's wildest imaginations, but for whom enough was never enough. Stewart is a first rate journalist and having worked for the Wall Street Journal, he came to be intimately familiar with the particular villians and the heroic agents and prosecutors who caught them. Anyone with an interest in criminology or a few bucks invested in a high risk stock ought to read this.
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am 23. Februar 2006
This classic account of insider trading during the greed decade remains as riveting today as the day it was published. Prize-winning journalist James B. Stewart manages to turn an account of the arcane market manipulation that led to the 1987 crash into a page-turner with all the suspense of a detective novel. And while the main villains here - Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky - have faded off the public radar, their philosophical descendants at Enron, Tyco and Adelphia remind investors that greed and market manipulation will never go out of style. Stewart's richly detailed book is must reading for those who trust their careers or their savings to the markets. We recommend this withering account of over-the-top greed to anyone who works or invests on Wall Street.
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am 30. März 1999
If you like mysteries, cover-ups, intricate plots, good and bad guys and soap opera, this book is for you. What makes it so frightening is that it is real. The question I kept asking myself is how do we know that this won't happen again, or isn't going on right now. And yet, we know that in the investment and banking worlds given the situations in Asia and Latin America, there are more shoes to drop. I believe that this industry has been infiltrated by more bad habits - power, greed and hunger - than most. The culture has encouraged it. A new book I read describes these problems well and then offers a way out. THE 2,000 PERCENT SOLUTION talks about 'stalls' that keep us from changing. In investment banking, The Communications Stall means that some people get messages before others, creating an unfair advantage. The Disbelief Stall makes them think that they aren't doing anything wrong and won't get caught. The Tradition Stall says that business has always been done that way, so it's okay. The Bureaucratic Stall would make them think that if there is enough red tape, no one will figure out what is going on. The Misconception Stall says that they were operating under poor assumptions, because they did get caught. The Unattractiveness Stall means that if something looks unpleasant, just cover it up. What is needed is a new way to do business and a new system of checks and balances, a 2,000 percent solution.
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am 24. Januar 1997
This text, like the story it tells, is protracted but highly readable. Mr. Stewart writes in an engaging, enjoyable style. He enables his readers to grasp the real drama of the events that shook Wall Street during the 1980's. We see the primary firgures in the junk bond and M&A empires who traded information and manipulated the market for amazing personal gain. We gain insight into what motivated them, what destroyed them, and how they dealt with the pressures and rewards of insider trading. The most frightening aspect of the text is the obvious implication that future financial leaders may exploit their positions as readily as the four men detailed here
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am 30. September 1999
If you can get through some of the technical stuff presented in this book about how certain processes take place, ones you know only if that is your job, this book is fascinating. It really goes into depth about how these deals would take place. How one person would work for another. The book is very thorough with events that is goes into such depth, sometimes too much depth. Very interesting especially to someone who is interested in this field, especially insider trading.
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am 1. Mai 1999
As an MBA coming out of the 80's era of hype and junk bonds, this book has been by my bedside since December 1990. I'm still in awe how complete and masterly this book is with all the vivid character descriptions and associated schemes and plots! Think of it as a great reference for those who wish to conform to the straight & narrow. Excellent work & a must read!!
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am 1. Mai 1999
As an MBA coming out of the 80's era of hype and junk bonds, this book has been by my beside since December 1990. I'm still in awe how complete and masterly this book is with all the vivid character descriptions and associated schemes and plots! Think of it as a great reference for those who wish to conform to the straight & narrow. Excellent work & a must read!!
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am 25. März 1997
Top notch historical perspective. The book is lengthy and detailed but the story would lose much of it's imapct if it was abridged. It covers all the major players and power brokers of the 1980's M&A craze that swept Wall Street. Very enjoyable and highly recommended
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