By Jared Dillian
When Jared Dillian joined Lehman Brothers in 2001, he fulfilled a life-long dream to make it on Wall Street—but he had no thought how with regards to the sting the activity could take him.
Like Michael Lewis’s vintage Liar’s Poker, Jared Dillian’s Street Freak takes readers behind the curtain of the mythical Lehman Brothers, exposing its outrageous and sometimes hilarious company tradition.
In this ultracompetitive Ivy League international the place males could turn over every one other’s ties to try the labels (also often called the “Lehman Handshake”), Dillian was once an interloper as an ex-military, working-class man in a Men’s Wearhouse swimsuit. yet he was once scrappy and made up our minds; in interviews he advised capability managers that, “Nobody can paintings more durable than me. not anyone is keen to install the hours i'll installed. i'm insane.” because it grew to become out, on Wall highway madness isn't an bad caliber.
Dillian rose from eco-friendly affiliate, checking IDs on the front to the buying and selling ground within the paranoid days following Sept. 11, to develop into an essential component of Lehman’s tradition in its ultimate years because the firm’s head Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) dealer. greater than $1 trillion in wealth gone through his fingers, yet on the rate of an untold variety of smashed phones and tape dispensers. through the years, the exhilarating and explosively demanding task took its toll on him. the extraordinary highs and lows of the buying and selling flooring masked and exacerbated the indications of Dillian’s undiagnosed bipolar and obsessive compulsive problems, resulting in a downward spiral that finally landed him in a psychiatric ward.
Dillian positioned his lifestyles again jointly, returning to paintings more healthy than ever earlier than, yet Lehman itself had probably long past mad, having made outrageous bets on advertisement genuine property, and used to be fast headed for self-destruction.
A raucous account of the ultimate years of Lehman Brothers, from September 11 at its international monetary heart workplaces throughout the firm’s financial ruin, together with shiny graphics of trading-floor tradition, the monetary meltdown, and the company’s final cave in, Street Freak is a uncooked, visceral, and totally unique memoir of existence contained in the stomach of the beast throughout the so much tumultuous time in monetary background. In his electrifying and clean voice, Dillian takes readers on a wild trip via insanity and again, either inside of Lehman Brothers and himself.