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Den of Thieves

Den of Thieves

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If ever there were people who believed themselves to be so rich and powerful as to be above the law. 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.

Stewart says, in the wake of these scandals: "Wall Street has given every sign of being severely chastened. The code of silence that allowed crime to take root and flourish on Wall Street, even within some of the richest and most respected institutions, continues to protect many of the guilty. The two survive many more struggles - the Avon family being arrested, Cat being kidnapped by J-F's lifelong enemy and several little problems in between.Reading this book is kind of like visiting a place for the first time after hearing glowing reviews from your friends. Billy says to her that he wants her to get him the crown jewels and then she will no longer owe him anything. Instead, it was compared to the Salk Vaccine (a disastrous implementation of an anti-polio vaccine a generation earlier. It's almost like Stewart felt that he was writing a book so that history could look back and find everything it needed to know about the Junk Bond era; he overpacked it with so much information that it's almost numbing to read it.

The taut narrative never slackens, providing thrilling entertainment for readers who like their horror raw and bloody. Each of the perpetrators has their own level of comfort with their involvement in the insider trading scheme. In this story the protagonist, Cat, becomes homeless, travels to Paris, dances with an old French man and becomes a spy.I would suggest that you read this, then move right on to books like "The Great Short" on the sub-prime mortgage story. A masterful and meticulous account of the inside-trading scandal that rocked Wall Street in the late 1980's. 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.

Of course, you would really like to know what all the major players think of events and their behavior looking back, but that insight is not available. Instead, he allows you to meet each individual and see how they became embroiled in Wall Street's worst scandal since the 1930s. Stewart shows for the first time how four of the eighties' biggest names on Wall Street--Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, and Dennis Levine --created the greatest insider-trading ring in financial history and almost walked away with billions, until a team of downtrodden detectives triumphed over some of America's most expensive lawyers to bring this powerful quartet to justice. During the decade ending in 1990, Lipper Analytical Services reported, money invested in the average junk-bond fund grew 145%. You come to realize that regulators and public prosecutors are imperfect people in imperfect situations, subject to their own set of desires, temptations and problems.From here the narrative ascends through ever more complex intrigues until it arrives at the mountaintop of million-dollar deals carried out by Michael Milken.

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