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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (96 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Denby Narrator: David Boutsikaris Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9781598871463
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David Denby was a happy man, a content man with a good job, a wife and two sons, and an Upper West Side apartment. But in 2000, his wife asked for a divorce and he needed to hold onto his beloved home. Denby's account of his frenetic, irrational lurch toward the gold parallels the wild, dangerous and finally tragic era of an inflated stock market, inflamed greed and the willful blindness of the nation during the first three years of the millennium.

Seduced by stock analysts, CNBC, tech gurus, and lying CEOs at investment conferences, Denby plunged into a season of mania. He befriended people like ImClone founder Sam Waksal and Merrill Lynch analyst Henry Blodgett, both now disgraced by scandal. As he explores his own motives, actions, and illusions, Denby reveals the underbelly of the irrationally exuberant beast that clutched the throat and brains of most Americans during the late 1990s and early 2000s. American Sucker is a wise, bitter, humorous, and candid memoir that documents one man's confrontation with midlife changes, money, illusions, and shifting values.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Piette | 6/20/2013

    " Trying to make a million in the new economy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aharon | 5/30/2013

    " If only there were a Pulitzer for self-impressed obliviousness. He congratulates himself for recognizing 9/11 as a tragedy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip | 1/26/2013

    " The dot-com bubble burst seems so quaint now, but at the time it was a big deal. And Denby does a good job of putting you inside the irrational exuberance of the time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michele | 7/19/2012

    " I never got through this, finally returned it to the library basically unread. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 1/19/2012

    " How to lose money in the last economy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 8/31/2011

    " It's rare that someone writes a book about an incredibly stupid thing they did. That is primarily what David Denby did, and I was glad to learn from his mistakes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 4/27/2011

    " Trying to make a million in the new economy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 12/20/2008

    " How to lose money in the last economy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 9/28/2008

    " It's rare that someone writes a book about an incredibly stupid thing they did. That is primarily what David Denby did, and I was glad to learn from his mistakes! "

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About the Author

David Denby is a film critic and staff writer at the New Yorker. He has also served as film critic for the Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Phoenix, and New York magazine. His book on re-reading literary and political theory classics, Great Books: My Adventures with Homer, Rousseau, Woolf, and Other Indestructible Writers of the Western World, has been translated into nine languages. He and his wife live in New York City.