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

By John LeFevre

“Some chick requested me what i might do with 10 million dollars. I instructed her I’d ask yourself the place the remainder of my funds went.”—@GSElevator

Darkly humorous, remarkably revealing, and completely unapologetic, Straight to Hell is John LeFevre’s personal account of his adventures as a globe-conquering funding banker whose profession spanned long island, London, and Hong Kong. Sitting above the “Chinese Wall” setting apart funding banking and revenues and buying and selling, in a senior place with a special vantage aspect, LeFevre did billion-dollar bargains with sovereign debtors, prestigious multinational organizations, and each financial institution on Wall highway, let alone chinese language tycoons and Indonesian thugs, and shot up the ranks to be the most prolific bond syndicate managers in Asia. He additionally bought banned from the 4 Seasons, the place he was once residing on the time, totaled his brand-new Maserati, and indulged in riotous debauchery off and on the buying and selling floor.

Hundreds of hundreds of thousands stick with LeFevre’s @GSElevator Twitter account; Goldman Sachs introduced an inner research into his tweets, and whilst his real identification was once printed, it created a countrywide media firestorm—but that used to be in simple terms a part of the tale. Straight to Hell delves deep inside of an that's either envied and reviled, taking you from the educational courses, buying and selling flooring, and roadshows to personal planes, shady bargains, and after-hours overindulgence. this isn't a moralistic story of redemption. jam-packed with surprising rule-breaking, frat-boyish antics, and win-at-all-cost schemes, Straight to Hell openly pulls again the curtain at the deviant and totally over the top international of finance. additionally incorporated are the superior traces from @GSElevator, created and curated through LeFevre.

Prepare your self and buckle up, simply because this is often some of the most interesting and eye-opening books ever written concerning the international of finance.

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The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell

By Basil Mahon

This can be the 1st biography in two decades of James Clerk Maxwell, one of many maximum scientists of our time and but a guy really unknown to the broader public. impending technology with a freshness unbound through conference or earlier expectancies, he produced the most unique clinical deliberating the 19th century — and his discoveries went directly to form the 20 th century.

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Artie Shaw, King of the Clarinet: His Life and Times

By Tom Nolan

“The facets of Shaw . . . are on the heart of . . . [this] compulsively readable biography.”―Daniel Akst, Wall road Journal

in the course of America’s Swing period, no musician used to be extra profitable or debatable than Artie Shaw: the charismatic and opinionated clarinetist-bandleader whose dozens of hits grew to become anthems for “the maximum generation.” yet a few of his most lovely recordings weren't issued until eventually a long time after he’d left the scene. He broke racial obstacles via hiring African American musicians. His widespread “retirements” earned him a name because the Hamlet of jazz. And he surrender taking part in for strong on the peak of his powers. The good-looking Shaw had seven other halves (including Lana Turner and Ava Gardner). Inveterate reader and writer of 3 books, he befriended the best-known writers of his time.

Tom Nolan, who interviewed Shaw among 1990 and his loss of life in 2004 and spoke with 100 of his colleagues and contemporaries, captures Shaw and his period with candor and sympathy, bringing the grasp to shiny existence and restoring him to his rightful position in jazz heritage. initially released in hardcover lower than the name Three Chords for Beauty's Sake. sixteen pages of illustrations

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Last Days of the Bus Club

By Chris Stewart

It's twenty years given that Chris Stewart moved to his farm at the flawed aspect of a river within the mountains of southern Spain and his daughter Chloe is getting ready to fly the nest for collage. during this most up-to-date, commonly hilarious dispatch from El Valero, we discover Chris, now anything of a neighborhood literary big name, utilizing that popularity to aid out his previous sheep-shearing companion; cooking a television lunch for traveling British chef, Rick Stein; and studying the pitfalls of Spanish public conversing. but it's at El Valero, his liked sheep farm, that Chris is such a lot in his aspect as he, his spouse Ana and their varied canine, cats and sheep climate a close to calamitous flood and come to be newly qualified natural farmers. His money crop? The lemons and oranges he as soon as so blithely drove over, after all.

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Marvin Gaye, My Brother

By Frankie Gaye, Fred E. Basten

(Book). Marvin Gaye's existence and incredible profession have been reduce tragically brief on April 1, 1984 at some point prior to his forty fifth birthday whilst he used to be shot and killed by way of his personal father. Now, for the 1st time ever, Marvin Gaye's tale is instructed in intimate element by means of a member of his circle of relatives. Frankie and Marvin Gaye have been shut from early life till Marvin's dying. Frankie used to be at Marvin's part whilst he died, and purely Frankie heard his deathbed confession. choked with never-before-told own anecdotes, this publication takes you behind the curtain from Marvin's formative years, via his brilliant luck at Motown after which Columbia, his stormy relationships with girls, and eventually to his descent into medicinal drugs and depression. the real tale of the guy in the back of the cherished song is now to be had to fanatics outdated and new. contains nice photographs all through, a invaluable index, and a timeline of vital occasions in Marvin's lifestyles.

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Bon Jovi: America's Ultimate Band (Tempo: A Rowman & Littlefield Music Series on Rock, Pop, and Culture)

By Margaret Olson

In 1986, whilst Bon Jovi’s 3rd studio album, Slippery whilst Wet, used to be published, the United States had came upon its subsequent superband. In Bon Jovi: America’s final Band, Margaret Olson chronicles the background and tune of the band from its inception to offer day. She heavily examines Bon Jovi’s musical and social relevance to listeners earlier and current, exploring the outstanding methods the band has emerged because the expression and made of deep cultural wishes and the way, inside of many years of industrial luck, it has made a long-lasting impression on new release X, the track enterprise, and American tradition. via possibilities provided by means of cable tv (particularly MTV), Hollywood, and company manufacturers, Bon Jovi has been in a position to effect not just the song, movie, and tv industries but in addition the worlds of style, musical theater, artwork, philanthropy, and politics.

Like any megaband, its individuals have struggled with dependancy, the calls for of repute, and a scarcity of severe admire. they've got endured, besides the fact that, to develop into one of many usa’ world’s best-selling traveling bands. Bon Jovi is a testomony to the best way sleek tradition and leisure can develop into intertwined, and its luck underscores the size of the band’s occupation, the professionalism of its administration, the popularity of what audiences wish, and the original means the music—more than whatever else—both displays and shapes the social and musical American panorama it inhabits.

Titles within the Tempo sequence are perfect introductions to significant pop and rock artists, the tune they produce, and their cultural and musical impression on society. Bon Jovi: America’s final Band should still curiosity fanatics, scholars, and students alike.

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A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country

By Benjamin Weiser

In August 1972, Ryszard Kuklinski, a hugely revered colonel within the Polish military, launched into what could turn into some of the most striking human intelligence operations of the chilly battle. regardless of the intense threat to himself and his family members, he contacted the yankee Embassy in Bonn, and organized a mystery assembly. From the very begin, he made transparent that he deplored the Soviet domination of Poland, and believed his kingdom used to be at the mistaken part of the chilly War.

Over the following 9 years, Kuklinski—code identify "Jack Strong"—rose speedy within the Polish safety ministry, performing as a liaison to Moscow, and supporting to organize for a "hot battle" with the West. yet he additionally lived a lifetime of subterfuge--of useless drops, messages written in invisible ink, miniature cameras, and mystery transmitters. In 1981, he gave the CIA the key plans to overwhelm harmony. Then, approximately to be found, he made a deadly get away together with his relatives to the West. He nonetheless lives in hiding in America.

Kuklinski's tale is a harrowing own drama approximately one man's choice to betray the Communist management to be able to keep the rustic he loves, and the serious debate it spurred over even if he used to be a traitor or a patriot. via vast interviews and entry to the CIA's mystery archive at the case, Benjamin Weiser bargains an exceptional and richly distinctive examine this mystery historical past of the chilly War.

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The Beatles in America: The 50th Anniversary

By Chris Hutchins

The Beatles in the USA is a restricted version certain e-short offered via the Smithsonian and the Grammy Museum. It's tough to think that the Beatles first got here to the United States 50 years in the past. Their impression can't be understated- tune, model, layout, movie, construction, politics, after which a few. The Beatles gave a large American derivative, rock'n'roll, a unique glance and sound whereas at the same time delivering a soundtrack to a cultural revolution. The Beatles in the USA is a thrilling examine the legacy that the Beatles created that includes never-before-published pictures by way of Ringo Starr from his deepest portfolio, in addition to nice articles spanning the Fab Four's profession from commencing to finish and interviews with either Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The Beatles in the USA additionally good points memories at the Beatles impression from vintage rockers like Smokey Robinson, Pat Benatar, John Fogerty, Brian Wilson, and others. The Beatles in the United States is a needs to for previous lovers on reflection on a well-liked tradition phenomena and new enthusiasts getting a view of a band that maintains to encourage song at the present time.

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The Real Peter Pan: The Tragic Life of Michael Llewelyn Davies

By Piers Dudgeon

His elder brother Peter could have been extra aptly named for the half, however it used to be Michael, the fourth son of Sylvia and Arthur Llewelyn Davies, who was once the unique 'little half-and-half' - the half-human, half-supernatural Peter Pan, who hopes by no means to be pressured to develop up and face life's harsh realities. The playwright struck up a friendship with Michael's 3 older brothers after he encountered them taking part in in London's Kensington Gardens, a space that will develop into the 1st position for the Neverland of his such a lot enduring paintings. yet quickly it was once Michael who was once 'The One'. Touched by way of his grandfather George du Maurier's 'sixth sense', Michael lived the fable lifestyles extra intensely than any of them, even partaking in a hauntingly actual prediction of occasions to return as Peter Pan bold himself to drown within the mermaids' lagoon, eager about the chance of an afterlife. Nightmares and an unnatural terror of water ensued, yet not anyone intervened or proposal to prevent the most obvious root to his unconscious fears. certainly, while Michael's mom and dad - themselves the muse for Mr and Mrs Darling within the play - died one by one, leaving the brothers orphans and actual 'Lost Boys', Barrie's involvement used to be so entrenched that the enigmatic, and by means of now very wealthy, playwright provided himself up as mum or dad. because the years glided by, Michael and Barrie turned ever nearer, their Neverland moving to the Highlands and islands of Scotland, the place, nonetheless pushed by way of the necessity to write from lifestyles, Barrie's other-worldly preoccupations instructed their fable lifestyles afresh. till sooner or later it appeared to Michael time to damage unfastened. a real tale of friendship, love and early life innocence, shot via with pleasure, yet terminated by way of tragedy, the true Peter Pan is the relocating tale of a boy who might by no means develop up.

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My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

By Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende inspires the excellent landscapes of her state; a captivating, idiosyncratic Chilean individuals with a violent heritage and an indomitable spirit; and the politics, faith, delusion, and magic of her place of birth that she contains together with her even today.

The publication circles round life-changing moments. The assassination of her uncle Salvador Allende Gossens on September eleven, 1973, despatched her into exile and reworked her right into a literary author. And the terrorist assaults of September eleven, 2001, on her followed place of origin, the USA, introduced forth an late acknowledgment that Allende had certainly left domestic. My Invented Country, mimicking the workings of reminiscence itself, levels from side to side throughout that distance among earlier and current lives. It speaks compellingly to immigrants and to we all who attempt to continue a coherent internal lifestyles in an international filled with contradictions.

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