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Publisher's Summary

When Jared Dillian joined Lehman Brothers in 2001, he fulfilled a life-long dream to make it on Wall Street - but he had no idea how close to the edge the job would take him. Like Michael Lewis' classic Liar's Poker, Jared Dillian's Street Freak takes listeners behind the scenes of the legendary Lehman Brothers, exposing its outrageous and often hilarious corporate culture. In this ultracompetitive Ivy League world where men would flip over each other’s ties to check out the labels, Dillian was an outsider as an ex-military, working-class guy in a Men's Wearhouse suit. But he was scrappy and determined; in interviews he told potential managers that, "Nobody can work harder than me. Nobody is willing to put in the hours I will put in. I am insane." As it turned out, on Wall Street insanity is not an undesirable quality. Dillian rose from green associate, checking IDs at the entrance to the trading floor in the paranoid days following 9/11, to become an integral part of Lehman's culture in its final years as the firm's head Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) trader. More than $1 trillion in wealth passed through his hands, but at the cost of an untold number of smashed telephones and tape dispensers. Over time, the exhilarating and explosively stressful job took its toll on him. The extreme highs and lows of the trading floor masked and exacerbated the symptoms of Dillian's undiagnosed bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorders, leading to a downward spiral that eventually landed him in a psychiatric ward. Dillian put his life back together, returning to work healthier than ever before, but Lehman itself had seemingly gone mad, having made outrageous bets on commercial real estate, and was quickly headed for self-destruction. A raucous account of the final years of Lehman Brothers, from 9/11 at its World Financial Center offices through the firm's bankruptcy, including vivid portraits of trading-floor culture, the financial meltdown, and the company's ultimate collapse.
©2011 Jared Dillian (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By T.Tech on 02-10-15

Loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed Street Freak. Great story, well written, informative and entertaining. Dillian does a great job bringing you into his world as he advances his trading career at Lehman. Excellent narration, especially the trading sequences.

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5 out of 5 stars
By sam on 11-08-15

As a former bond trader

Would you listen to Street Freak again? Why?

Yes and no. For me it was too real. I was a debt markets a trader in Australia from 2004-2009 and I can relate to a lot of experiences in his book.

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed his writing.

Have you listened to any of LJ Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He did a great job.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long for one sitting, but I found myself listening at 4am in the morning when I couldn't sleep.

Any additional comments?

If you didn't work in these type of markets you wouldn't realise how realistic this book is - very few people will and so a lot of people will not be able to relate to its honesty. I lived this world, and I rate this book. I found myself laughing out and wanting to cry at various times. I came across him via his free weekly email via john mauldin economics.

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