Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle

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Grand Central Publishing, Nov 29, 2009 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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They Hit "The Street." Forget what you've read, forget what you've heard, forget what you've been taught. Monkey Business pulls off Wall Street's suspenders and gives the reader the inside skinny on real life at an investment bank, where the promised land is always one more twenty-hour workday and another lap dance away. "The Street" Hit Back. Fresh out of Wharton and Harvard business schools, John Rolfe and Peter Troob ran willingly into the open arms of investment bank giant Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette. They had signed on as foot soldiers in a white-collar army of overworked and frustrated lemmings furiously trying to spin straw into gold. They escaped with the remnants of their sanity-and, ultimately, this book. Uncensored, unsanitized, and uncut, it captures the chaotic essence of the Wall Street carnival and the outlandish personalities that make it all hum...and it will become the smartest, most entertaining investment you'll make this year.

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The authors take the reader on a ride into their life as investment bankers. They lay bare the ugly business of bankers. They introduce the start to finish process of institutional investments carried out by banks and explain the little details pretty well. The language used is full of expletives (probably reflective of the wall street culture).
It can be categorized as a satire, autobiography & self-discovery etc.
Overall, it is informative and entertaining at the same time. I recommend this book to any one that likes to read light and wants to understand the lives of investment bankers.

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The Seeds of a Dream
Interviews and Ecstasy
SummerBoot Camp
The Bullpen
Eagerness and Fear
First Night Out
Fishing for Value
Comparable Multiples Analysis
Discounted Cash Flow Analysis
The Research Analysts
The Merrygoround
An Example
The Bottleneck
The Holiday Party

Dinner with the Chairman
Kinetic II
The Courtship
Training Wheels
The Food Chain
The Business
Advisory Work
Capital Raising
The Sizzle
Push the Button
Bonuses Reviews and Compensation
The Epiphany
The Last Straw

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About the author (2009)

John Rolfe graduated from Virginia Tech, The University of Florida, and Wharton Business School. At Wharton, he was the editor of The Wharton Vulgarian. Following his sentence with DLJ, he spent several years working at a private investment fund. In 2001, he co-founded an equity-oriented money management firm, and today manages the firm from a top secret location deep in Vermont. He lives with his wife and two children, and is currently attempting to learn how to produce maple syrup.

Peter Troob graduated from Duke University and Harvard Business School. At Harvard, he was the humor editor for Harbus. After a gross error in judgment caused him to return to the investment banking world at DLJ, he left for the greener pastures of distressed debt investing at a private investment fund. In 2002 he co-founded a debt-oriented money management firm, which he continues to manage today. He lives with his wife and two children outside of New York City, where he can often be seen limping around the neighborhood and complaining about his bad knees.

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