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  1. 11.4 hrs • 7/2/2013 • Unabridged

    In Circle of Friends, award-winning journalist Charles Gasparino, one of Wall Street’s most knowledgeable observers, follows government investigators and prosecutors as they pursue one of the most aggressive and broad-reaching series of insider-trading cases in the nation’s history. A richly textured page-turner of investigative journalism based on extensive reporting, Circle of Friends chronicles the massive federal crackdown that has already put some of the biggest names on Wall Street behind bars, including Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group, and Rajat Gupta, a former CEO of consulting giant McKinsey & Co. Other similarly sized targets are still waiting nervously, including the biggest one of them all, financial impresario Steve Cohen of SAC Capital, the giant hedge fund that has confounded regulators for years by cranking out a steady stream of market-busting returns. Gasparino goes behind the headlines to reveal how the government makes its case, using every tool at its disposal, and at great expense to taxpayers, to supposedly make the investing world safer for average Americans. Gasparino asks why federal officials are so eager to prosecute these cases: What is the real damage to individuals? Do average investors really care? He explores why insider trading is all the rage these days when the US government has failed to bring a single criminal case against the culprits who caused the 2008 financial crisis. Circle of Friends is not a defense of insider trading, but it does offer an account of the politics of Wall Street crime fighting, revealing the behind-the-scenes ambitions that motivate headlines and burnish political careers. A riveting work of narrative nonfiction, as engrossing and explosive as fictional thrillers of the finest magnitude, Circle of Friends is a wakeup call to the investing public.

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    Circle of Friends

    11.4 hrs • 7/2/13 • Unabridged
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  2. 5.2 hrs • 5/15/2007 • Unabridged

    The former creative director and co-CEO of Barneys joins forces with a celebrated twenty-eight-year-old marketing maverick to teach readers how to break through the clutter and achieve a relevant point of difference in this entertaining and imminently readable book. Cool isn’t just a state of mind, a celebrity fad, or an American obsession—it’s a business. Combining Gene Pressman’s revolutionary creative vision with Noah Kerner’s marketing expertise, Chasing Cool digs beneath the surface and reveals how emphasizing long-lasting relevance trumps a fleeting preoccupation with what’s hot and what’s not. Although other books have zeroed in on a single aspect of the cool factor, Chasing Cool expands the playing field by including interviews with business icons, in-depth research, and personal anecdotes. This stunning reference includes interviews with more than seventy of today’s most respected luminaries, from Tom Ford and Russell Simmons to Richard Meier and Bonnie Fuller. In a multidimensional, entertaining, and imminently readable book that redefines how to appeal to today’s savvy consumer, Pressman and Kerner explore the lessons to be learned by America’s shortsighted search for the ever-popular concept of cool.

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    Chasing Cool

    5.2 hrs • 5/15/07 • Unabridged
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