Straight to Hell

Straight to Hell

True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-dollar Deals

Book - 2015
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"Over the past three years, the notorious @GSElevator Twitter feed has offered a hilarious, shamelessly voyeuristic look into the real world of international finance. Hundreds of thousands followed the account, Goldman Sachs launched an internal investigation, and when the true identity of the man behind it all was revealed, it created a national media sensation--but that's only part of the story. Where @GSElevator captured the essence of the banking elite with curated jokes and submissions overheard by readers, Straight to hell adds John LeFevre's own story--an unapologetic and darkly funny account of a career as a globe-conquering investment banker spanning New York, London, and Hong Kong. Straight to Hell pulls back the curtain on a world that is both hated and envied, taking readers from the trading floors and roadshows to private planes and after-hours overindulgence. Full of shocking lawlessness, boyish antics, and win-at-all-costs schemes, this is the definitive take on the deviant, dysfunctional, and absolutely excessive world of finance,"
Publisher: New York :, Atlantic Monthly Press,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780802123305
Branch Call Number: 332.66 L521a 2015
Characteristics: xii, 313 pages : 24 cm


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SkokieStaff_Steven Feb 19, 2018

In the run up to the penitential season of Lent, I decided to engage in a little vicarious wickedness. To this end I turned to John LeFevre’s “Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals.” The book is aptly named as LeFevre gleefully recounts how he and his colleagues worked their way through the seven deadly sins while trading bonds in London and Hong Kong. Surprisingly, he doesn’t demonstrate much greed, apparently seeing the accumulation of heaps of money more as a means to other forms of bad behavior than as an end in itself. LeFevre makes ample use of the satirist’s license to exaggerate, describing a regrettably timed bowel movement aboard a small plane as if it were the explosion of Krakatoa. (See, I’m doing the same thing myself.) All of this is amusing provided your standards for basic human decency are low—I couldn’t imagine Elizabeth Warren, for one, chuckling over LeFevre’s antics—although there were times I wished I were reading a satiric novel rather than a nonfiction work.

Jun 14, 2016

Guilty pleasure read for finance ppl. Some of his stories will make you shake your head at how excessive/ridiculous they are. Parts of it were really funny though and I laughed throughout reading it. Just prepare yourself to be offended at some points in the book depending on how ethical you are.


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