All The Evil of This World by Jared Dillian

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Working with a smaller cast might have allowed for more distinctive characters and also made room for story development, since the action builds to the Palm Pilot trade and then halts abruptly. In addition, the provocative novel’s crude language and frequent use of insider jargon can be off-putting.
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There are humans behind the big, bad vilified banks, there are humans behind the calculations of Wall Street, there are humans behind all the legal and illegal financial machinations in the news--they are not always the best humans, and they are not always the worst humans, but All The Evil Of This World tells their stories with abundant curiosity, empathy, and honesty.

On March 2nd, 2000, the technology company 3Com spun off its insanely profitable hand-held computer subsidiary, Palm. It was one of the most fascinatingly high profile and complex and bungled trades in history, but All The Evil Of This World isn't about the millions and millions of dollars that instantly came into play, it's about seven separate voices from seven separate individuals (an ambitious low-level clerk fresh out of school, a drug-addicted, party-throwing broker with bad taste and gross amounts of money, a seemingly infallible hedge fund manager tortured by his own good luck, to name a few) and the 3Com/Palm trade is what weaves their stories together. They all collide into it and out of it, and it sometimes unites them, implodes them, saves them, or destroys them.

This book is not for the faint of heart--these characters are just as troubled and intense and volatile as their surroundings, and the writing pulls not a single punch--but it's an unrelenting examination into a cast of characters that we rarely examine fairly or patiently, and who we often find it easy to dehumanize. The people who inhabit this world aren't cartoon heroes or villains--as it turns out, people who happen to handle large amounts of money for a living--are just people, with shortcomings, just like us.
 

About Jared Dillian

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Jared Dillian is the founder of the subscription-based, daily financial market report The Daily Dirtnap. He worked on the Pacific Options Exchange from 1999 to 2000, and was a trader for Lehman Brothers from 2001 to 2008, specializing in index arbitrage and ETF trading. Dillian is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy and earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.  He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Visit JaredDillian.com.
 
Published June 21, 2016 by 30 West 26th Street Press. 214 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 06 2016

Working with a smaller cast might have allowed for more distinctive characters and also made room for story development, since the action builds to the Palm Pilot trade and then halts abruptly. In addition, the provocative novel’s crude language and frequent use of insider jargon can be off-putting.

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