ISBN 9788126526949,The Devil's Casino: Friendship, Betrayal and the High Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers

The Devil's Casino: Friendship, Betrayal and the High Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers



Times Group Books - New Delhi

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9788126526949

ISBN-10 8126526947


Number of Pages 296 Pages
Language (English)


Vicky Ward shows readers inside the rarefied air of Wall Street where even top CEOs are often left gasping for air amid the high stakes world of finance survival. From wedding parties to conferences where the players who you thought were there, weren't - Ward uncovers what happened that fateful weekend and in the years leading up to the credit crisis. She unmasks the real players, and uncovers their motivations to show a world where the so-called bad guys may not be so bad after all and the white knights may not be as pristine as we thought. About the Author Vicky Ward has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 2001, specializing in investigative reporting. She has profiled, among others, Jean-Marie Messier, Carly Fiorina, CIA agent Valerie Plame, businesswoman Louise MacBain, Morgan Stanley, the late Bruce Wasserstein, counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke, Franois Pinault, the Getty, the Guggenheim, the Fairfield Greenwich Group (the Madoff feeder fund), Brooke Astor, and Kate Moss. Ward is a weekly columnist for the Huffington Post, and a contributor to CNBC. She was previously the executive editor of Talk magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the London Times, and the Daily Telegraph. A native Briton, in 1994, Ward was the runner-up for the Catherine Pakenham Award, Britain's most prestigious award for young women writers. She holds a master's in English literature from Cambridge University and has lived in New York City since 1997 TABLE OF CONTENTS Table of Contents Cast of Characters Prologue Part One: The Ponderosa Boys Chapter 1 A Long, Hot Summer Chapter 2 The Beginning Chapter 3 The Captain Chapter 4 The "Take - Under" Chapter 5 Slamex Chapter 6 The Phoenix Rises Chapter 7 Independence Day Chapter 8 The Stiletto Chapter 9 The Ides of March Chapter 10 Eulogies Part Two: The Echo Chamber Chapter 11 Russian Winter Chapter 12 Lehman's Desperate Housewives Chapter 13 The Young Lions Chapter 14 9/11 Chapter 15 No Ordinary Joe Chapter 16 The Talking Head Chapter 17 The Sacrificial Ram Chapter 18 Korea's Rising Sum Chapter 19 The Wart on the End of Lehman's Nose Chapter 20 Damned Flood? Chapter 21 Closing the Books Epilogue A Note About the Sources Notes References Acknowledgments Index.