American Sucker by David Denby

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Denby's writing has made him one of the country's most sought-after critics, and "Great Books" was a "New York Times" bestseller. Here Denby tells the story not only of his own decline, but of his new friends Sam Waksal, indicted founder of ImClone, and Henry Blodgett, disgraced analyst for Merrill Lynch.
 

About David Denby

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David Denby is a longtime film critic for "The New Yorker"; prior to that he was film critic for "New York" Magazine. He lives in New York City.
 
Published January 12, 2004 by Little, Brown and Company. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction

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When New Yorker film critic Denby begins his memoir, the year is 1999 and his marriage had just ended.

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("The ax had swung," Denby writes, "and heads lay all over the ground.") Though exceedingly well written, Denby's portrait of the great "Dot Con" generally echoes the sentiments of other, similarly themed books about the period.

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Book Reporter

AMERICAN SUCKER by David Denby is more than a memoir about the consequences of investing in tech stocks and the implosion of the dot-com industry;

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After his wife ended their marriage, New Yorker film critic and amateur investor David Denby hatched a quixotic plan to make a million dollars off the stock market so he could afford to buy out his soon-to-be-ex's half of their comfy but unremarkable Manhattan condo.

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Entertainment Weekly

In 2000, with his marriage unraveling, ''New Yorker'' film critic Denby attempted to raise $1 million by playing the booming stock market to buy out his wife's share of their Manhattan apartment.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Early in 1999, when he was in his late 50s, David Denby's longstanding marriage to the novelist Catherine Schine broke up.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Charles Stein NY Times 2.5 of 5 Stars " The book not only tells us more about Mr. Denby than many of us want to know, do we really care about his flirtation with pornography or how he forgot his suit in the closet of a married (now former) paramour?, but it also shows us the difference betwe...

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New York Magazine

That’s the premise of two current memoirs: My Prison Without Bars, by Pete Rose, who holds baseball’s record for hits in a career, and American Sucker, by David Denby, The New Yorker’s film critic.

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California Literary Review

During this time the family is maintaining three Manhattan residences, weekend trips are made to New England or possibly San Francisco, the children are in camp in the Adirondacks or working on a sheep farm in New Zealand, and as the market is really heading south Mr. Denby and his son are off to...

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