For the Love of Money

For the Love of Money

A Memoir

Book - 2016
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In 2014, a former hedge fund trader's New York Times Sunday Review front page article about wealth addiction instantly went viral. This is his unflinching memoir about coming of age on Wall Street, fighting to overcome the ghosts of his past and the radical new way he now defines success.
At just thirty years old, Sam Polk was a senior trader for one of the biggest hedge funds on Wall Street, on the verge of making it to the very top. When he was offered an annual bonus of $3.75 million, he grew angry because it was not enough. In that moment he knew he had lost himself in his obsessive pursuit of money. And he had come to loathe the culture, the shallowness, the sexism, the crude machismo and Wall Street's use of wealth as the sole measure of a person's worth. He decided to walk away from it all.
For Polk, becoming a Wall Street trader was the fulfilment of his dreams. But in reality it was just the culmination of a life of addictive and self-destructive behaviours, from overeating, to bulimia, to alcohol and drug abuse. His obsessive pursuit of money papered over years of insecurity and emotional abuse. Making money was just the latest attempt to fill the void left by his narcissist and emotionally unavailable father.
As in Liar's Poker , Polk brings readers into the rarefied world of Wall Street trading floors, capturing the modern frustrations of young graduates drawn to Wall Street. Raw, vivid, and immensely readable, For the Love of Money explores the birth of a young hedge fund trader, his disillusionment, and the radical new way he has come to define success.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476785981
1476785988
Branch Call Number: 332.6092 P7599P 2016
Characteristics: x, 272 pages ; 24 cm

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Elliott50
Dec 01, 2016

Enjoyed it very much. Great insight into the world of people who make gazillions of dollars in a very short time and yet have really no accountability at all - a bizarre world and scary that they have so much power over the rest of us.
And of course nice to know that some of them turn out to be decent human beings - I kind of get the feeling that they're in the minority though

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