American Sucker

by David Denby | Biographies & Memoirs | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0316192945 Global Overview for this book
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Journal Entry 1 by MrSamsa from Tucson, Arizona USA on Saturday, February 27, 2021

"The stock market was booming in 2000, and Denby, film critic for the New Yorker and author of Great Books (1996), found himself channeling his anger and grief over his wife's decision to end their 18-year marriage into investing. Convinced that the only way to redeem his shattered life--and hold on to the comfy Manhattan apartment he and his wife, the novelist Cathleen Schine, and their two teenage sons had called home--was to make $1 million, this humanistic critic became utterly obsessed with trading, even using his journalist credentials to get close to the likes of Sam Waksal, founder of ImClone, one of the hot but doomed companies fueling the now infamous high-tech bubble. Denby is always worth reading, but he really tops himself in this riveting apologia. Habitually observant and eloquently analytical, possessed of a deep frame of reference and philosophical turn of mind, Denby turns his chronicle of trading madness into a compelling meditation on greed, time, the 'great ends of life,' and the baffling phenomenon of mass delusion. 'We can be suckered by apparent success,' Denby writes, 'but the greater fault is to be suckered by failure.'"
Donna Seaman
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Journal Entry 2 by MrSamsa at Freedom Park Little Free Library in Tucson, Arizona USA on Friday, April 16, 2021

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