The picture painted, of young bankers chastised by the extreme rigor and banality of their experiences, rings true at least in part for me. I saw friends change in how they behaved after they had entered the extreme lifestyle of those 'ordained' into the world of elite investment banking. They tended towards the authoritative, superficially extremely self-confident, devoted to the cause, and as a result of this, while the inner personality and character stayed intact, their mode of communication changed significantly. There is nothing wrong with this per se, but the impression of brainwashing does remain, and is troublesome. It is not difficult in the least to imagine how the term "Master of the Universe" came into being, and why it is still in use, although it has become passé with overuse. It is also not difficult for me to be concerned, like the author, as to the impact of a large number of very powerful and influential financial professionals behaving in this way with regard to the economy and beyond. Other friends did not change so drastically, while still progressing professionally, while others dipped their toe in the water and jumped straight out again, like the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water. It is a book that was worth writing, and the author did a good and thorough job. Worth writing too would be a similar review of mid-career banking professionals, assuming a representative cross-section of the profession, within the elite companies, could be obtained.