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Download King of the Club: Richard Grasso and the Survival of the New York Stock Exchange Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charles Gasparino Narrator: Fred Stella Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN:
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Rags-to-riches stories abound in American lore, but even Horatio Alger would have been hard-pressed to write one as powerful as Richard Grasso's: the son of a working-class family whose childhood dream was to become a cop. He grew up in New York City's outer boroughs, far removed from the marble halls, expensive suits, and imported cigars of the New York Stock Exchange. Here is the riveting story of how he rose to become the most influential CEO in the Exchange's history. Minus the tony upbringing, affluent prep schools, or inside connections that were de rigueur for top Wall Street players, Grasso would master the subtle deal-making and politics necessary to succeed in the most competitive business on Earth. But despite his successes, Grasso would soon sow the seeds of his own downfall, an event that would change the Exchange forever.

King of the Club chronicles the amazing rise, fall, and possible rise again of Richard Grasso, and also tells the modern history of the all-powerful institution that he came to symbolize: The New York Stock Exchange.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sunlita | 9/15/2013

    " Well, at least, this book give us a different perspective I guess, based on what I heard about this book... ^^ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donald | 9/9/2013

    " Well-written to the point that it kept all the financial details from being too boring, this is an interesting read to a certain extent, that being I had no idea who Richard Grasso was, so I didn't really care, but found myself somewhat intrigued and caring about what happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carissa | 6/12/2013

    " I loved it, but probably mainly because I work there and love to learn about all the dirty laundry. It was good to have the whole story in one place. I think it gives a fair assessment of Grasso though "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 11/14/2012

    " Hey Sue - I'm only doing this for you. The book is like a very long Wall Street Journal article - but the definitive work on how Dick Grasso earned a $200 million retirement package from New York Stock Exchange. Just my kind of book! (I only give 5-stars to Vince Flynn.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lewis de Seife | 4/30/2012

    " How Grasso went from 9/11 hero to Wall Street poster boy for greed. Somewhat sympathetic portrayal of Grasso - if he didn't have a tin ear for PR, nobody would have known. Denoument of the story to end of lawsuits leaves you hanging to know final outcome. "

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About the Author

Charles Gasparino is a senior correspondent for the Fox Business Network and the Fox News Channel, where he reports on major developments in the world of finance and politics. A former writer for the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, he has also served as a columnist for the New York Post and the Huffington Post as well as a contributor to the Daily Beast, New York Magazine, and Forbes. Gasparino is a recipient of numerous business journalism awards, including the prestigious Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for The Sellout. His other noteworthy books include Blood on the Street and King of the Club.

About the Narrator

Fred Stella has worked as an actor and voice talent in radio, television, independent films, and audiobooks. He was awarded the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award for Best Male Narration in 2002. He is on the adjunct faculty staff of Muskegon Community College.