Swimming With Sharks

Swimming With Sharks Inside the World of the Bankers

Paperback (07 Jul 2016)

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'It's not the people who are bad, it's the culture.'

'Friends turned on me, on my wife.'

'This job involves in some part selling your soul for a good salary.'

'You're sitting there, and you may have just made the decision that destroyed the world.'

Winner of the NS Public Prize for Book of the Year 2015

Joris Luyendijk, an investigative journalist, knew almost nothing about banking until he was assigned to investigate the financial sector. Over two years he spoke to more than 200 people - from the competitive investment bankers and elite hedge fund managers to downtrodden back office staff and those made redundant in regular 'culls'. They opened up about what they actually do, about the toxic hiring and firing culture and about the overwhelming technological and mathematical opacity of their work. They admitted that in the crash of 2008, they hoarded food, put their money in gold and prepared to evacuate their children to the countryside. And they agreed that nothing had changed since then.

Book information

ISBN: 9781783350650
Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing
Imprint: Guardian Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 332.109421
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 8294
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 238g
Height: 131mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 20mm