Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Banker: A Monkey's Review

"I used to read the Leveraged Sellout religiously, before it...you know, died," an old friend used to say wistfully. The infamous blog may be old news to some, but luckily LSO left us with a non-electronic memoir of his unique blend of sarcasm and humor: "Damn, It Feels Good To Be A Banker."

It's not meant to be taken very seriously and it's a bit dated now (it came out in 2008, which may as well have been another planet), but it's great for laughs and takes a fun look at investment banking. Alternatively, it can serve as a much-needed ego stroke if you're feeling down about your job.

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Barbarians At the Gate: A Monkey's Review

Partially to rise to Midas' challenge/threat not to recommend any more books until we monkeys step up and start doing the same, I offer my review of this classic, which I have just recently finished.

This is a book that has been on many a "Wall Street recommended reading list," and for good reason. The RJR/Nabisco buyout stood as the single largest leveraged buyout in American corporate history for 17 years, unmatched until the private equity mega-boom of the early-mid 2000s. The circuslike glee with which the media of the time reported it would have made the Bronx Zoo 1977-78 Yankees jealous.

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How Tech Beat Wall Street

In last Friday's Bonus Bananas one article stood out: it was the piece written by Bryan Goldberg entitled, " Young people are screwed... Here's how to survive ". The WSO...

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