American Sucker

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Penguin Adult, Apr 7, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages

In early 2000 the bottom dropped out of the life of writer David Denby when his wife decided to leave him. Propelled to make some money quickly, and seized by the irrational exuberance of the stock market, then approaching its peak, Denby enthusiastically joined the investment frenzy. Over the next few months he listened raptly to bullish stock analysts, dreamy hi-tech gurus and boastful heads of companies. He plunged into a season of mania and was swept forward on currents of hope, greed and hucksterism with cataclysmic results.

American Sucker is a mesmerising account of those years of madness. What begins as a money chase and an engagement with rampant capitalism soon becomes an encounter with such timeless issues as love, envy, true value and life and death itself. This is a classic tale of the bubble related not by a market guru or an investment professional but by a witty, perceptive and eloquent outsider.

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A seismic disturbance rocks New Yorker film critic Denby's life, and he turns for security, Lord help him, to the stock market of early 2000.But money proves godless, and the experience moves the ... Read full review

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This book is truly a cautionary tale. When the market looks good and day trading available why not yet into it for a little while to fulfill a particular goal...the get out in time. This poor man ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

David Denby is a staff writer and film critic for the New Yorker and was formerly a film critic for New York magazine. His first book, Great Books (1996) was a finalist for the US National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in New York.

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