Category: Business/Computers
The Wolf of Wall Street – A cocky bad boy of finance – Just 99p 0 comments

By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sunk a 170-foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him for at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called…The Wolf of Wall Street.
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Liar’s Poker – A memoir by Michael Lewis – Just 99p 0 comments

The original classic that revealed the truth about ambition, greed and excess in London and Wall Street, by Michael Lewis.
From mere trainee to lowly geek, to triumphal Big Swinging Dick: that was Michael Lewis’ pell-mell progress through the dealing rooms of Salomon Brothers in New York and London during the heady mid-1980s when they were probably the world’s most powerful and profitable merchant bank. A true-life Bonfire of the Vanities, funny, frightening, breathless and heartless, his is a tale of hysterical greed and ambition set in an obsessed, enclosed world.
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Book Review: Freakonomics 0 comments

Economics has long been a fascinating study to me. I finally got around to Freakonomics by listening to it on CD while driving for a business trip. I do enjoy audio books, but I imagine this one would have been slightly easier if I could have seen some of the graphs in print.

However, it was still a very interesting book. Economist Steven Levitt uses economic principles to study every day issues. The wide range of topics are not really about monetary policy, but social trends, such as how parents choose to name their children and the affect of abortion on crime rates.

Freakonomics uses a number of global examples, so it will appeal to a wide audience. It is a good introduction to complex topics that is easily accessible. It is written in more of a magazine, rather than academic style that makes for quick reading. This book also prompted me to think more deeply about things that seem to be “conventional wisdom.” It’s also good economics to purchase it for just £4.99 in the UK Amazon store.

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