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Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits

Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Roose
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From Kevin Roose, the New York magazine columnist and brilliant author of our critically-acclaimed The Unlikely Disciple, comes YOUNG MONEY - a remarkably gripping narrative exploration of the secret lives of young, post-crash bankers on Wall Street.

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Becoming a young Wall Street banker is like pledging the world's most lucrative and soul-crushing fraternity. Every year, thousands of eager college graduates are hired by the world's financial giants, where they're taught the secrets of making obscene amounts of money-- as well as how to dress, talk, date, drink, and schmooze like real financiers.

Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits

YOUNG MONEY is the inside story of this well-guarded world. Kevin Roose, New York magazine business writer and author of the critically acclaimed The Unlikely Disciple, spent more than three years shadowing eight entry-level workers at Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and other leading investment firms. Roose chronicled their triumphs and disappointments, their million-dollar trades and runaway Excel spreadsheets, and got an unprecedented (and unauthorized) glimpse of the financial world's initiation process.

Roose's young bankers are exposed to the exhausting workloads, huge bonuses, and recreational drugs that have always characterized Wall Street life. But they experience something new, too: an industry forever changed by the massive financial collapse of 2008. And as they get their Wall Street educations, they face hard questions about morality, prestige, and the value of their work.

YOUNG MONEY is more than an exposé of excess; it's the story of how the financial crisis changed a generation-and remade Wall Street from the bottom up.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (18 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IOP96C6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,476 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rings true based on my experience 14 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER
‘Young Money’ written by Kevin Roose, a book author and journalist, who managed to sneak in into the world that is usually closed to the public, the exciting world of bankers following the fate of several young people who like every year, enter this world, pass initiation, while only the fittest will survive.

Kevin Roose, who writes for New York magazine and drew the public attention five years ago with his first work ‘The Unlikely Disciple’ (of totally different theme than this work), spent more than three years following eight young apprentices at several banks and known investment firms. “Young Money” is a story about them, their successes and failures as they go through the difficult and often painful initiation entering into a serious financial world, where if they succeed a great power and serious money awaits.

However, at the same time this is also a story about the financial world that went through extreme changes over the last six years since the crisis began, in which the only constant remaining is the fact that on young people is necessary to apply all possible methods of mental harassment, in order to filter among them the new members of the social elite.

Roose in convenient way describes which characteristics you should have if you want to succeed in the banker world – “…pleasant, polite and attentive to detail…. Able to work three consecutive twenty-hour days without having a nervous breakdown or falling asleep on your keyboard… but, most important, you have to be handy with an Excel spreadsheet… you must be an Excel wizard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent insight 20 Jun 2014
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Insightful look into the boot camp style induction to employment in the large finance houses. Author's brush with the Masters of the Universe also very insightful
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