"Cityboy" : Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile, Paperback

"Cityboy" : Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile Paperback

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CITYBOY is Geraint Anderson's bestselling expose of life in the City of London. In this no-holds-barred, warts-and-all account of life in London's financial heartland, Cityboy breaks the Square Mile's code of silence, revealing tricks of the trade and the corrupt, murky underbelly at the heart of life in the City.

Drawing on his experience as a young analyst in a major investment bank, the six-figure bonuses, monstrous egos, and the everyday culture of verbal and substance abuse that fuels the world's money markets are brutally exposed as Cityboy describes his ascent up the hierarchy of this intensely competitive and morally dubious industry, and how it almost cost him his sanity.




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Fictionalised account of his time as a worker in The City of London. Vivid and inventive use of expletives which becomes a bit repetitive. But the book is mostly interesting for his complete condemnation of the whole City shebang. All you ever thought about it was right; it is parasitic and only about making money, for the city types. The city he experienced was dominated by men, and their depraved appetites is what he uses to gain friends. His argument that there is not a scrap of genuine knowledge in the City is somewhat undermined by his acquisition, later in the book, of a "brilliant" analyst, who does seem to be able to see the future. It is a very moralistic book, he frequently ends his descriptions with an outright condemnation of what he has described. He regularly contrasts what he is doing with the honest job done by his father. He explores all the vices, although avoids personal involvement with the nastier sex and comments that his grandfather was a missionary. Money has become an object in itself. The activities of the companies and of the people employed are of no account to the spider monitoring the signals from his web's threads.

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It's very entertaining. It reads rather surprisingly like a modern version of one of those Victorian "rake's progress" type morality tales. As he steps deeper into debauchery, he has occasional reminders of the Christian principles of his parents. I'm not sure if that's a clever literary reference or just coincidence (Wikipedia says the author's mother was a missionary).

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