Just as WASPs, Irish-Catholics, and Our Crowd Jews once made the ascent from immigrants to powerbrokers, it is now the Indian-American's turn. Citigroup, PepsiCo, and Mastercard are just a handful of the Fortune 500 companies led by a group known as the "Twice Blessed". Yet little is known about how these Indian émigrés (and children of émigrés) rose through the ranks. Until now...
The collapse of the Galleon Group - a hedge fund that managed more than $7 billion in assets - from criminal charges of insider trading was a sensational case that pitted prosecutor Preet Bharara, himself the son of Indian immigrants, against the best and brightest of the South Asian business community. At the center of the case was self-described King of Kings, Galleon's founder Raj Rajaratnam, a Sri-Lankan-born, Wharton-educated billionaire. But the most shocking allegation was that the éminence grise of Indian business, Rajat Gupta, was Rajaratnam's accomplice and mole. If not for Gupta's nose-to-the-grindstone rise to head up McKinsey & Co and a position on the Goldman Sachs board, men like Rajaratnam would have never made it to the top of America's moneyed elite.
Author Anita Raghavan crisscrosses the globe from Wall Street boardrooms to Delhi's Indian Institute of Technology as she uncovers the secrets of this subculture - an incredible tale of triumph, temptation and tragedy.
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Utterly ridiculous performance
Every time an Indian character speaks in this book, they are given a stupid imitation Indian accent. Even emails and instant messages by Indian characters get the same Saturday-night live treatment. You get a middle aged white guy spending the whole book putting on this stupid accent.
If the author countenanced this, it was an incredible mistake. Even if the intent was to honor the ethnic mannerisms of the characters, this approach overlooks that when one is reading, they don't assign characters any particular accent. Having to listen to this completely takes the reader out of the book.
The Indian Connection
No.I found it fantastic just listening to it once.
The writing was high fantastical. The characters, being real life, were depicted in such a way that I felt I was often reading fiction
NoBut I willHe was awesome
Yes, I learned a lot about McKinsey, and a whole world of consulting that havingfriends in that field I never understood.I had already learned a lot from Dark Edge about the intricacies of hedge funds. I remember reading Barbarian at the Gates decates ago, on vacation in Mexico. I couldn't put the book down, this book and
Black Edge show that when one has a fantastic writer, who is able to do research and get into the minds and hearts of his "characters" provides not only a griping story but also a
seminar on so many things, the SEC, the Feds, the traders,
This is a tragedy. But I learned a lot, although I had so much compassionfor Gupta.