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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wall Street Noir Edited by Peter Spiegelman: On The Cover

 Stories contributed by:

john burdett. henry blodget. peter blauner. jason starr. reed farrel coleman. jim fusili. megan abbott and others.

From a distance - on television, say, or in the pages of the business section - it looks like such a clean, well-lighted place, a place where decisions to buy or sell are guided by formula, subtle strategies, and dispassionate consideration of all available facts. A place where cool reason prevails. And sure, that's one version of Wall Street - call it the CNBC edition. But this book is about another place, just beneath the shiny surface, a place where fear and greed have always held sway. Think WorldCom or Tyco; think Enron. Think Gordon Gekko.

Wall Street Noir illuminates a place whose boundaries have spread well beyond Trinity Church and the East River. In today's relentlessly global economy, Wall Street is everywhere: a borderless, virtual city encompassing Midtown Manhattan, Main Street USA, the maquilas of Honduras, the office towers of Shanghai, and the brothels of Bangkok. It's a shadowy metropolis, as the stories in this exciting collection reveal, and one that's far more Jim Thompso than Warren Buffet.

- Debolina Raja Gupta