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Book Review: The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

Book Review: The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Taxes

I bought this book a few years ago but delayed reading it until this Spring. Maybe I was afraid of thinking about the trauma of his suicide while reading it. I shouldn’t have worried. There are autobiographical elements in here I assume…He has a semi-absurd character with a dramatic sweating disorder, which I’m guessing from […]

Book Review: The Mandibles, A Family 2029-2047, by Lionel Shriver

Book Review: The Mandibles, A Family 2029-2047, by Lionel Shriver

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Wall Street

One important rule of thumb about book reviews (I assume) is that you should finish the book before reviewing it. That seems wise. On the other hand, when reviewing a book that seems bad in the first 110 pages, it seems like a waste of time to continue. I read the first part more than […]

Book Review: The Color Of Money

Book Review: The Color Of Money

By The Banker | Book Reviews, Inequality, Taxes

I think of myself as pretty informed about financial history in the United States, but Mehrsa Baradaran’s The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap covers a whole area of history about which I knew very little. In a narrow sense Baradaran’s book is about the history of black-owned and black-customer-oriented banks. […]

Book Review: The Money Mirror by Annette Leiberman and Vicki Lindner

Book Review: The Money Mirror by Annette Leiberman and Vicki Lindner

By The Banker | Book Reviews

The premise of The Money Mirror is that many – maybe most – women are neurotic in some way about money. The authors, a psychiatrist (Lieberman) and a professor of English (Lindner) posit that learning about a series of archetypes of women can help us recognize our own neuroses, and maybe overcome them. “Money Phobia,” […]

Book Review: The ChickenShit Club by Jesse Eisinger

Book Review: The ChickenShit Club by Jesse Eisinger

By The Banker | Audio Posts, Book Reviews, Wall Street

Editor’s Note: I did a podcast with Jesse Eisinger for the finance website Make Change, in which we discuss his book in further detail. I recommend listening to it here! Nine years after the Great Recession mortgage bond crisis of 2008, no executives with any seniority on Wall Street faced criminal consequences. Although a few […]