Confessions of a City Girl Paperback – 7 Jan 2010
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“Frighteningly ambitious … an absorbing read.” - The Sun, January 2010
"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)
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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.
As a female working in the investment industry, I was able to relate to the main character. Through specific examples the author brilliantly describes the constant pressure women face to continually prove their worth and the pressure to go above and beyond in the workplace to gain recognition amongst the men.
Confessions of a City Girl is also inspirational as it dives into the personal life of the main character and reveals the sacrifices and heartaches endured in order to break through the glass ceiling and build a successful career in The City.
An entertaining and insightful read for both men and women alike!
She (Now revealed as Barbara Stcherbatcheff) paints an incredibly personal, intimate account of the emotions and worries she went through. Obviously those would be different for everyone and every career path but I loved it and read the whole book in a couple of days - when it normally takes me weeks to get around to finishing one!
given the male bias in the city, i would have loved to support this book and its author, but unfortunately, you are wasting your ££ here.
ps. i NEVER write reviews, but felt compelled to write this one.
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