Denby’s “ethics for big shots”

To the spate of memoirs about riches gained and lost in 90’s stock market boom, add New Yorker film critic David Denby’s American Sucker. Diana B. Henriques predicts:

What will be talked about most, beyond [Denby’s] nightly doses of online porn with a NyQuil chaser, will probably be the fiercely acute portraits – more like social and moral C.T. scans, actually – of Henry Blodget, the cheerleading Internet analyst; Samuel Waksal, the disgraced founder of ImClone Systems, convicted of securities fraud; and George Gilder, the Pied Piper of telecommunications investors.

Denby says he offers the book “not as market history but as a portrait of a single American living within money obsession during the first three years of the millennium – a wild, dangerous and, finally, tragic era in which hope, folly and disenchantment came together in amazed combinations, as if none had ever been aware of the others’ existence before.”


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