Straight to Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, and Billion-Dollar Deals

LeFevre, John

A Felonious Mentality

He was born on third base and scored on a wild pitch, but at least he can convince his friends (and himself) that he hit a triple and stole home. The ends justify the means; that’s an important concept to understand if you want to be successful on Wall Street, and is one that boarding school taught me well.

Who you know is as important as what you do and how you are perceived is more important than any reality.

The Parental Visit

…in the universe of people who actually matter, investment bankers are still close to the bottom.


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