Luyendijk, an investigative journalist, knew as much about banking as
the average person: almost nothing. Bankers, he thought, were ruthless,
competitive, bonus-obsessed sharks, irrelevant to his life. And then he
was assigned to investigate the financial sector.
himself in the City for a few years, speaking to over 200 people - from
the competitive investment bankers and elite hedge-fund managers to
downtrodden back-office staff, reviled HR managers and those made
redundant in the regular 'culls'. Breaking the strictly imposed code of
secrecy and silence, these insiders talked to Joris about what they
actually do all day, how they see themselves and what makes them tick.
They opened up about the toxic hiring and firing culture. They confessed
to being overwhelmed by technological and mathematical opacity. They
admitted that when Lehman Brothers went down in 2008 they hoarded food,
put their money in gold and prepared to evacuate their children to the
countryside. They agreed that nothing has changed since the crash.
had a chilling realisation. What if the bankers themselves aren't the
real enemy? What if the truth about global finance is more sinister than
Boktitel: Swimming with Sharks. My Journey into the World of the Bankers Författare: Joris Luyendijk Bokförlag: faber