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Barry Schwartz had everything: two healthy young children, a strong marriage, a house in the Colorado mountains, and a job that let him ski a hundred days in a good year. But at thirty, debt-ridden and maybe just a little bit bored, he decided it wasn’t enough, and headed for Wall Street to make the big bucks. With the voice of a born storyteller and an intimate knowledgeBarry Schwartz had everything: two healthy young children, a strong marriage, a house in the Colorado mountains, and a job that let him ski a hundred days in a good year. But at thirty, debt-ridden and maybe just a little bit bored, he decided it wasn’t enough, and headed for Wall Street to make the big bucks. With the voice of a born storyteller and an intimate knowledge of the business of high finance, Lasser gives us stunning scenes that capture the life Barry finds waiting for him on the fast track: the wry banter of the morning commute, the hardball diction of Wall Street, and the social pressures to get ahead at any cost. Only once Barry has lost the last vestiges of his former self does he start to wonder, what’s it all for? All I Could Get pits ambition against happiness, lust against love, and work against family to make shrewd observations about human nature and the costs of the American dream....

Title : All I Could Get: A Novel
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ISBN : 9780375727870
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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All I Could Get: A Novel Reviews

  • Anita
    2019-06-28 16:01

    Barry Schwartz, bright guy, family man, ski bum, gets tired of living hand-to-mouth. Gets his MBA and drags family to NY and is quickly swallowed up by the "All I can get" ethos. Ultimately betrays his friends & family and even his own values in pursuit of "enough", an elusive target, hard to define. This book felt a little too pat. Wife is strong character yet doesn't seem to feel any need to help out financially so while the main objective was satisfied, I found aspects unsettling. My favorite character was Gretchen. She seemed to have the clearest motives and understanding of her own life and the choices she made. This book is pretty good, not great, but it kept me turning the pages.

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-26 14:40

    I have wanted to read Scott Lasser for a while. This book was really good and interesting. I didn't understand much that was happening "on the desk" but I really didn't have to. You could feel the energy and speed and activity that happens on Wall Street just from Lasser's storytelling. But I also really enjoyed the time outside of the job, with his family. Without spoiling anything, it made some of the events hard to read because the main character, Barry, is actually really likeable and you tend to feel sorry for him, all while seeing how evil money on Wall Street is and what it does to people.

  • Stephanie Dahlberg
    2019-07-04 07:38

    I read this book because it was given to me by a good friend whom I respected. After quite a few pages, I called her to verify that, indeed, I would enjoy this book. So much of the story was the convoluted passages through the financial world. Having NO brain for this arena and NO interest in it, I was having a hard time wading through the pages of All I Can Get. We all know that balancing work and family is very tough. Lasser handles it realistically but I don't want to read that kind of downer...but I did...and wouldn't again.

  • Dave
    2019-07-06 11:41

    Im sure this book would be more interesting if you knew (or cared) about the ins and outs of bond trading. Man moves his family from Colorado to New York to get a job on Wall Street. Works long hours, has an affair, decides the only way to get ahead is to screw people over in his office. Makes enemies...can you see it coming....wife leaves him and takes family back to Colorado. Man quits job and moves back to Colorado in an attempt to reconciliate. Would have been better if he would have killed himself at the end.

  • Naama
    2019-06-23 13:01

    It was personally a very slow read for me, but Lasser definitely shows Barry as an individual who immerses himself in his job, and ends up neglecting what's important in his bland life- his family. The message sent was clear, but I wasn't executed excitingly.

  • Mom
    2019-06-17 13:54

    Didn't understand all the intricacies of stock market trading but the book held my interest. It's really a love story......the love of a man for a woman and a man for his job.........In the end the woman wins.As it should.....of course.

  • Vicky
    2019-07-18 10:54

    Even though you knew where this had to be going it still sucked you in. I loved the writing, and I don't say that lightly. Also I was moved to tears when things start--let's say changing--in his life.

  • Jodie
    2019-07-07 16:03

    Depressing and a loathsome main character.

  • CLM
    2019-06-24 14:43

    Slightly above average suspense which avoided some cliches.

  • Louvaine
    2019-06-25 10:37

    A slightly disgusting cautionary tale about greed--and it's effects. Very Wall St. I read this years ago, but given the economic circumstances, it's very current.

  • Becky
    2019-07-09 13:03

    Not my favorite by this author.

  • Jackie Simons
    2019-07-13 11:41

    Read 2/03

  • Phyllis
    2019-07-16 12:02

    Loved the information about Wall Street. Man has to choose between a high pressure job where he never spends time with his family or losing them entirely .Power plays on trading floor and office maneuvers make for interesting reading. What goes around comes around.Will look for Battle Creek as I hourly enjoyed Lasser.