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Confessions of a City Girl Paperback – 13 Aug 2009
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“Frighteningly ambitious … an absorbing read.” - The Sun, January 2010 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"She lays bare the naked greed, sexism and macho posturing behind the gilded doors of the investment banks." (Daily Mirror)
"She trades, She wins. She loses But mostly, she wins, and hints, fascinatingly, that if all bankers were female, we might be in less of a mess." (Evening Standard)
"Frighteningly ambitious … an absorbing read." (The Sun)
"Harassed and verbally attacked on a regular basis working in the City, Suzana S. has exposed the truth about life in the Square Mile." (Grazia) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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All this vanished overnight around the year 2000, when the City boys & (a few) girls took charge. From then on you were supposed to subordinate yourself entirely to one single goal: profits, profits, profits -- the more the better. In this process your happy marriage with children was regarded as a weakness; those needing a good night's sleep to function well were considered insane; destroying less gifted colleagues to succeed was applauded. Of course a right & expensive outfit came as obligatory, accompanied by an anti-social 'the devil-may-care' mentality.
We know how it all ended: a credit-crisis in October 2008, followed by huge donations of public money to save banks from bankruptcy. Damage has been immense: painful cost-cuttings by the governement, trade handicapped because banks do not trust each other anymore, and the once-shining banker's public reputation has changed in a very black one.
'Confessions of a city girl' describes the whole decline in a very recognizable way. Making a good & pleasant read.
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