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For the Love of Money - A Memoir

Sam Polk

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In 2014 a former hedge fund trader's New York Times Sunday Review front-page article about wealth addiction instantly went viral. This is his unflinching memoir about coming of age on Wall Street, fighting to overcome the ghosts of his past - and the radical new way he now defines success. At just 30 years old, Sam Polk was a senior trader for one of the biggest hedge funds on Wall Street, on the verge of making it to the very top. When he was offered an annual bonus of $3.75 million, he grew angry because it was not enough. In that moment he knew he had lost himself in his obsessive pursuit of money. And he had come to loathe the culture - the shallowness, the sexism, the crude machismo - and Wall Street's use of wealth as the sole measure of a person's worth. He decided to walk away from it all. For Polk, becoming a Wall Street trader had been the fulfillment of his dreams. But in reality it was just the culmination of a life of addictive and self-destructive behaviors, from overeating to bulimia to alcohol and drug abuse. His obsessive pursuit of money papered over years of insecurity and emotional abuse. Making money was just the latest attempt to fill the void left by his narcissistic and emotionally unavailable father. As Michael Lewis did in Liar's Poker, Polk brings listeners into the rarefied world of Wall Street trading floors, capturing the modern frustrations of young graduates drawn to Wall Street. Raw, vivid, and immensely listenable, For the Love of Money explores the birth of a young hedge fund trader, his disillusionment, and the radical new way he has come to define success.

Language:

English

Length:

8h 23m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:30


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

16:16


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

19:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:08


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:03


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

12:05


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:28


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:40


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:17


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:46


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:47


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

10:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

11:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

11:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

12:27


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

20:37


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:11


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

13:50


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:02


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:41