American Sucker

  • by David Denby
  • Narrated by Dennis Boutsikaris
  • 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

David Denby was a happy man, a content man with a good job, a wife and two sons, and an Upper West Side apartment. But in 2000, his wife asked for a divorce and he needed to hold onto his beloved home. Denby's account of his frenetic, irrational lurch toward the gold parallels the wild, dangerous and finally tragic era of an inflated stock market, inflamed greed, and the willful blindness of the nation during the first three years of the millennium.Seduced by stock analysts, CNBC, tech gurus, and lying CEOs at investment conferences, Denby plunged into a season of mania. He befriended people like ImClone founder Sam Waksal and Merrill Lynch analyst Henry Blodgett, both now disgraced by scandal. As he explores his own motives, actions, and illusions, Denby reveals the underbelly of the irrationally exuberant beast that clutched the throat and brains of most Americans during the late 1990s and early 2000s. American Sucker is a wise, bitter, humorous, and candid memoir that documents one man's confrontation with midlife changes, money, illusions, and shifting values.


What the Critics Say

"Denby is always worth reading, but he really tops himself in this riveting apologia." (Booklist)
"His dissection of his own Upper West Side narcissism offers some of the most candid critiques of the Manhattan bourgeoisie ever found outside of a Woody Allen film." (Publishers Weekly)


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can't imagine what the unabridged version is like

I always go for the unabridged version, but in this case, I'm very relieved there wasn't one. There were very few spots I enjoyed in this book (reminiscences about his family, profiles of people, etc); I concur with the reviewer on Amazon that the book could have done with fewer ramblings on the stock market. It is of course a book of confessions on one's obsessions with stock trading (and a few other obsessions), and therefore would probably strike more of a chord with people with similar experiences. For others, including those who can identify with some of the issues here, this may prove to be too much "jabbering", as Denby admits at the outset of the book.
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- loix


(Heavy sigh) - I wish there was more to say than, "been there, heard it all before," but there isn't. Another '90's Yuppie wakes up and discovers life is more that what he's been wasting his life on. Yawn. Not a bad book if you haven't read this genre before. If you have, don't waste the credit or the time.
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- Karen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2004
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books