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Author: Sheelah Kolhatkar Narrator: Kaleo Griffith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9780525525035
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The hedge fund industry changed Wall Street. Its pioneers didn’t lay railroads, build factories, or invent new technologies. Rather, they made their billions through financial speculation, by placing bets in the market that turned out to be right more often than not. In hedge fund circles, Steven A. Cohen was revered as one of the greatest traders who ever lived. But that image was shattered when his fund, SAC Capital, became the target of a seven-year government investigation. Prosecutors labeled SAC a “magnet for market cheaters” whose culture encouraged the relentless pursuit of “edge”—and even “black edge,” which is inside information—and the firm was ultimately indicted and pleaded guilty to charges related to a vast insider trading scheme. Cohen, himself, however, was never charged.

Black Edge is a riveting legal thriller that raises urgent questions about the power and wealth of those who sit at the pinnacle of high finance and how they have reshaped the economy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A modern version of Moby-Dick, with wiretaps rather than harpoons.”

    New York Times

  • “Masterfully deconstructing a massive web of Wall Street operating…in a true-life thriller with Shakespearian stakes…Her chilling account of a blighted industry is as mesmerizing as a human story as it is as a financial one.”

    Fortune
  • A richly reported, entertaining tale about the cat-and-mouse game between the government and Cohen. New York Times Book Review
  • A lot of people do not trust Wall Street. They regard it as a moneymaking machine for those who work there, which has little interest in practice in its stated aim of channeling capital into businesses and helping them to grow for the broader benefit of society. For such skeptics, Steven Cohen is Exhibit A. Financial Times (London)
  • One of the best books about the 2008 financial meltdown. Globe and Mail (Toronto)
  • Well-written, with pointed characterizations of the ambitious players and their motives, this book is highly recommended for readers interested in finance, crime, and politics. Library Journal (starred review)
  • A tour de force of groundbreaking reporting and brilliant storytelling, a revealing inside account of how the Feds track a high-profile target—and, just as important, an unsettling portrayal of how Wall Street works today. Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author of American Heiress
  • Fast-paced and filled with twists, Black Edge has the grip of a thriller. It is also an essential exposé of our times—a work that reveals the deep rot in our financial system. Everyone should read this book. David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z
  • Longlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award
  • Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Best Book of the Year
  • A London Economist Best Book of 2017 selection
  • A Bustle Pick of True Crime Books for Mystery Lovers Who Don't Want to Read about Murder

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About the Author

Sheelah Kolhatkar, a former hedge fund analyst, is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes about Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and politics, among other things.

About the Narrator

Kaleo Griffith is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and classically trained actor. He graduated cum laude from Franklin Pierce University with a BA in theater, holds an MFA in acting from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared in such television series as Law & Order and Reggie’s Family & Friends, among others.