Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street

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Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street (Print Edition)

A Kindle Single. Janet Tavakoli’s nonfiction Wall Street memoir. Read a free excerpt!

What would you be willing to do for money and power?

In New York, the Federal Reserve Bank hides damaging information about too-big-too-fail banks from the public eye. A prominent bank CEO seems on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

In Washington D.C., a former Wall Street regulator checks into a hotel using the name of a hedge fund manager for an illicit meeting with a prostitute. In a D.C. suburb, the CFO of a beleaguered mortgage giant chooses a drastic personal end to “relentless pressure”.

Decisions Kindle SingleIn a picturesque suburb of Zug, Switzerland, the CFO of a major insurance company decides to end his life. In London, a financier kills himself in a way he once said he never would.

In her new memoir, Janet Tavakoli shines a bright light on the money-driven culture of Wall Street and Washington, and the life and death consequences of our decisions that put profit above all.

Approximately 16,000 words of text (not including front and back matter and references. 105 total pages)


“Tavakoli takes us on a scenic tour of the recent lowlights of Wall Street and the industry’s handmaidens in Washington from the perspective of an insider. Present is all the venality and self justification one would expect from those responsible for savaging the global economy but demystified and rendered tragically human. It’s a compelling tale.”
Jake Bernstein, winner of the Pulitzer Price for National Reporting

“Janet Tavakoli is a born storyteller with an incredible tale to tell. In her captivating memoir, Decisions: Life and Death on Wall Street, she takes us on a brisk journey from the depravity of 1980s Wall Street to the ramifications of the systemic recklessness that crushed the global economy. Her compelling narrative sweeps through her warnings about the dangers of certain bank products in her path-breaking books, speeches before the Federal Reserve, and in talks with Jaime Dimon.”
Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents’ Bankers
Read Ms. Prins’ entire review at the Huffington Post

“Good things sometimes happen in life, a copy of Janet Tavakoli’s latest book. Recommend it to all financial professionals.”
Global Association of Risk Professionals

“Merrill Debauchery Only Begins This Woman’s Tale… ‘Neither Bill nor I believed Calvi committed suicide,’ Tavakoli writes. ‘Bill joked that he’d never hang himself. It was too gruesome.’”
Bloomberg News

“Janet Tavakoli, the president of Tavakoli Structured Finance and an authority on credit derivatives, has written a reflective memoir about life in the world of finance, and specifically about the ringside seat she occupied in the years leading up to the gravest

“Broeksmit’s life and death is only a small part of the picture Tavakoli draws together, but it may be THE vivid picture that many readers will take away.”

“Her point throughout, though, is that the culture of global finance is dysfunctional at best, often blatantly criminal, and that its regulators serve as enablers.”

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