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Animal House meets Liar's Poker in this hysterically funny, often unbelievable, and absolutely, positively true account of life at DLJ, one of the hottest investment banks on Wall Street.


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Animal House meets Liar's Poker in this hysterically funny, often unbelievable, and absolutely, positively true account of life at DLJ, one of the hottest investment banks on Wall Street.

30 review for Monkey Business: Swinging Through the Wall Street Jungle

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kunal

    This is an incredible book written by 2 Associates who used to work at DLJ back in the day and is the most accurate book I have ever come across for anyone to get a full understanding of what the life of an investment banker consists of. This is one of those books I wish I would have read in college as would have made me even that more excited about what the life was like, but after a few years in the industry, reading it now really allowed me to appreciate everything these guys went through and This is an incredible book written by 2 Associates who used to work at DLJ back in the day and is the most accurate book I have ever come across for anyone to get a full understanding of what the life of an investment banker consists of. This is one of those books I wish I would have read in college as would have made me even that more excited about what the life was like, but after a few years in the industry, reading it now really allowed me to appreciate everything these guys went through and see everything in a completely different perspective. The 2 came from Wharton Business school and Harvard Business school and the book starts from when they are a 1st year in business school all the way through to them finishing up their 2nd year as an Associate at DLJ. Anyone working within investment banking will be able to relate to this book and will make you feel like you are just reading about your life / job so I actually highly reccommend this book for anyone not working in the field as opposed to anyone working within the field. However, despite the 2 Associates (Peter Troob and John Rolfe) end up both burning out and leaving the firm to go to the buy side at hedge funds, it made me realize that you don't leave investment banking neccessarily because of the work, but you leave investment banking if you burn out. These two describe in the book countless stories of personal sacrifices that they had to make on a nightly basis and consistently over the course of several years which led to almost a breakup with one of their long term girlfriends. Yes they also bash the work and the downsides of the job that we all have heard countless times, but the key thing in my mind that stood out was the continued personal sacrifices these 2 were forced to make for their job. I still believe the job itself is a great overall job whenever you think about things such as learning / compensation / security / etc., but what this book makes you realize that is no job is worth the personal sacrifice. They speak of countless people who have moved up the ranks at DLJ who just had all the money in the world, but so little personal happiness and lives that were an utter mess who they never wanted to be like. Again, highly reccommend the investment banking field for anyone for 2 years and then after that it is only worth staying in the field and moving up the ranks if you can find a situation whereby you are able to have a good work / life balance.

  2. 5 out of 5

    TS Chan

    A conversation with some juniors over lunch today reminded me of this book which I've read a long time ago when I landed myself into a front-line banking role. Strangely enough, it was my boss then who loaned this book to me. A brutally honest and startlingly eye-opening account, I'll recommend any newbie into the investment banking world to read this book. The landscape of investment banking has changed a lot since the Lehman's crash in 2008. But there are enough similarities to be drawn on what A conversation with some juniors over lunch today reminded me of this book which I've read a long time ago when I landed myself into a front-line banking role. Strangely enough, it was my boss then who loaned this book to me. A brutally honest and startlingly eye-opening account, I'll recommend any newbie into the investment banking world to read this book. The landscape of investment banking has changed a lot since the Lehman's crash in 2008. But there are enough similarities to be drawn on what the life of an associate is like working in an investment bank, or even the investment banking division of a commercial bank. Quite fun to read but also quite sobering (and a bit offputting) at the same time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chocoholic Chick

    This is an absolutely honest and hilarious look into the lives of Associates in i-banking. I read it while I was an analyst and couldn't stop laughing (poop does roll downhill, trust me). This book is filled with true Wall Street war stories and I highly recommend to anyone who wants a glimpse of that world. If you lived it like I did, you are probably already trying to figure out how to monetize your own experiences :-P

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Glazer

    Really good read. A bit a crude at times but very interesting to get an inside perspective of banking when you're lowest on the totem pole. It was unfortunate that they didn't talk much about WHAT they did, but the culture was interesting.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Denisa

    Mediocre writing but catchy at times. Definitely should be taken with a grain of salt. It's not that I believe that the stories are grossly inflated, it's that I'd like to believe that there is some goodness in this world and maybe some of that goodness is found among some investment bankers. Otherwise, the read will be thoroughly illuminating and make you realize how terribly bloated, inefficient, and unjustified the whole investment banking domain is.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Pham

    I started reading this book because I was seeing a finance guy at the time, not quite the typical i-banker but stil had no life working for Citigroup. I subsequently was relieved it didn't work out...not sure I ever really want to be involved with an i-banker after reading this...

  7. 4 out of 5

    SSShafiq

    Ah yes - this takes me back! And I am still ambivalent if that is a good, bad or laughable thing, This memoir written by two ex-investment bankers / associates was written in 2000, so well before the financial crisis of 2008. They are also contemporaries of mine in that I was also starting out in IB banking at the same time so this struck home. The finance world has changed since the writing of this but a lot of the behaviours persist. I hope that it was changed for the better but I am not holdin Ah yes - this takes me back! And I am still ambivalent if that is a good, bad or laughable thing, This memoir written by two ex-investment bankers / associates was written in 2000, so well before the financial crisis of 2008. They are also contemporaries of mine in that I was also starting out in IB banking at the same time so this struck home. The finance world has changed since the writing of this but a lot of the behaviours persist. I hope that it was changed for the better but I am not holding my breath. As a result, despite the jocular tone of the memoirs, I am not sure I would call this book funny - brutal and a little depressing, especially in hindsight. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ The book is told in the “funny” manner which focus on the futility of the work and the lack of work-life balance. There isn’t much awareness of the sexism, waste, lack of respect that the entire culture demonstrates. As a result, this book is less Liar's Poker, which was more critical of the industry, and more an exasperated break-up tale told to friends. This is not necessarily a bad thing but I mention this since it set expectations as to what you are picking me. For me, this worked given that anything more acerbic would have depressed me and made me less likely to want to work instead of being a timely reminder not to take corporate life too seriously. All in all, this was an amusing reminder which I needed to cut through some of the corporate speak and back-patting I see in the private sector after following its response to COVID-19 (if I hear the phrase unprecedented times again from consultants I will scream). The book did peter out in little in the end and became more of the more of the same. You can only read about stupid people and their bad life choices so much before questioning you own value. This is a fast read which made me thankful for my own escape from IB. Nothing new here so three stars for the memoir and 1 star added for the sheer relief that I don't have to do pitchbooks any longer.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Drew

    A good “investment banking for dummies” book that takes you start to finish through the inter-workings of an investment bank. Good personal narratives of the pros and cons of IB and a humorous look at what really happens in big banks.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nessa

    Interesting read. But the book at times tries to hard to sound scandalous.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This is an entertaining look into the life of post-mba investment banking associates. this book will discourage most people that value some sort of social life from attempting to enter this field despite the outrageous salary packages. I was pretty amused at some of the bawdy aspects of these bankers lives and how they attempt to cope with the long hours (such as trips to strip clubs in the middle of the night). it definitely has demystified and exposed a field which is often painted as glamorou This is an entertaining look into the life of post-mba investment banking associates. this book will discourage most people that value some sort of social life from attempting to enter this field despite the outrageous salary packages. I was pretty amused at some of the bawdy aspects of these bankers lives and how they attempt to cope with the long hours (such as trips to strip clubs in the middle of the night). it definitely has demystified and exposed a field which is often painted as glamorous. i was surprised as to the amount of prepackaged baloney that went into the creation of proposals, presentations, and prospectuses. i was also surprised at the sheer amount of financial manipulation that investment bankers use in painting new offerings in a positive light.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ankit Agrawal

    The ideal time to read this book would probably be when one is still in B-School or about to enter one. It is a classic, no-holds-barred account by a couple of Ivy League investment bankers about their journey to and through the "glamorous" world of banking on Wall Street that culminated with each of them finding the exit door just in time to salvage their sanity. The book is an absolute laugh riot at places and the colourful language throughout keeps the reader engaged and is perhaps required t The ideal time to read this book would probably be when one is still in B-School or about to enter one. It is a classic, no-holds-barred account by a couple of Ivy League investment bankers about their journey to and through the "glamorous" world of banking on Wall Street that culminated with each of them finding the exit door just in time to salvage their sanity. The book is an absolute laugh riot at places and the colourful language throughout keeps the reader engaged and is perhaps required to do justice to the high-adrenaline, stressed universe the authors are attempting to describe. The unrelenting, nearly 24X7 donkey work that junior level investment bankers are supposed to immerse themselves in with nary a care for food or sleep is enough to send the sanest to the madhouse. While once may already have read enough accounts of how I-banking looks and feels like, the vivid and gory details in the book are enough to fill one with absolute horror. In the end, while the authors find their salvation by jumping to the buy-side, not everyone is able and/or willing to do it. Personally speaking, as a corporate banker, I could relate to a lot of the brain-dead nature of stuff the authors had to plod their way through day in and day out. Having (hopefully) finally found salvation on the buy-side where I'm moving to in a couple of weeks, the escape of the authors was completely relatable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Austin Gaghadar

    Overall a quick, light informative and entertaining read. As someone who had only heard stories of the highs of investment banking before reading this book it was quite an eye opening experience to read a first hand account of the field. Found the book did a good job of providing background information on what exactly one does as an investment banking associate, both in terms of the theoretical job description and the realities of what each aspect of the job practically entailed. Appreciated the Overall a quick, light informative and entertaining read. As someone who had only heard stories of the highs of investment banking before reading this book it was quite an eye opening experience to read a first hand account of the field. Found the book did a good job of providing background information on what exactly one does as an investment banking associate, both in terms of the theoretical job description and the realities of what each aspect of the job practically entailed. Appreciated the generally light hearted tone of the book making it easier to connect with the experiences of the authors. Also enjoyed the style of flipping back and forth between the authors with the font change a semi effective way of distinguishing between the two authors though I still often found myself forgetting which was which at times, may have preferred a sort of legend at the start or end that could easily be referenced to whenever one wanted to check. Learned a lot about one take on a career in the investment banking industry and added a new perspective to my decision making regarding my career ambitions.

  13. 4 out of 5

    AnhHuy Le

    "One entire wall of my office was glass. It looked out onto two adjacent office buildings. At 3 A.M most of the offices in my building were dark. Any offices that were still lit up at 3 A.M demanded the attention of anybody who happened to be looking out a window of one of the adjacent buildings. To break it down, I was spanking off on a Broadway stage and everybody in the two adjacent buildings was my audience. Did any of my neighbors watch my performance? Was it worthy of a Tony? I don't know. "One entire wall of my office was glass. It looked out onto two adjacent office buildings. At 3 A.M most of the offices in my building were dark. Any offices that were still lit up at 3 A.M demanded the attention of anybody who happened to be looking out a window of one of the adjacent buildings. To break it down, I was spanking off on a Broadway stage and everybody in the two adjacent buildings was my audience. Did any of my neighbors watch my performance? Was it worthy of a Tony? I don't know. If they did, their image of investment bankers must have been permanently disfigured" - Graduating from uni, the path to guarantee an interview with the most elite banks on the Streets isn't easy nor the path to survive through that jungle of the corporate world. The book provides a surprisingly truthful story about 2 MBA elite grad students, ambitious enter the world of Investment Banking. All those stories of ass-kissing, four season hotel, private plane, excessive working hours, not to mention sexual obsession, were very much fascinating and daunting at the same time. Highly recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tony Segreto

    Very funny account of life in investment banking from two former associates, Rolfe and Troob. the authors let all of their frustrations about the investment banking world. The book is full of commentary on IB business as a machine where the top of the class compete for ethereal top positions, as well as some pretty laugh out loud moments of how their sanity broke down throughout the high pressure trip of IB. This is a fun read and provides a lot of insight about what it feels like to be in the I Very funny account of life in investment banking from two former associates, Rolfe and Troob. the authors let all of their frustrations about the investment banking world. The book is full of commentary on IB business as a machine where the top of the class compete for ethereal top positions, as well as some pretty laugh out loud moments of how their sanity broke down throughout the high pressure trip of IB. This is a fun read and provides a lot of insight about what it feels like to be in the IB rat race, but offers little useful information on the business, and completely omits the benefits of working in banking. I don't think this should dissuade anyone from banking, but it should help at least as a warning.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ansh Arvati

    Many say that those who work on Wall Street, investment bankers get payed handsomely because of how good their job is but the real reason they get payed so much money is because of how bad the job is. Money Business by John Rolfe and Peter Troob is an autobiography about there time at DLJ, an investment bank and about how investment banking really works. I loved that the writers were extremely genuine in what they said about their previous jobs which showed that they really cared about telling r Many say that those who work on Wall Street, investment bankers get payed handsomely because of how good their job is but the real reason they get payed so much money is because of how bad the job is. Money Business by John Rolfe and Peter Troob is an autobiography about there time at DLJ, an investment bank and about how investment banking really works. I loved that the writers were extremely genuine in what they said about their previous jobs which showed that they really cared about telling readers the truth of Wall Street. Even though some may not be interested in investment banking, they can really learn a lot about the field by reading this book. Any reader who likes to learn about new things will enjoy this book and I 100% recommend it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Navdeep Pundhir

    This could have been one hell of a book if the two guys didnt try it too hard to make it the funniest thing on this planet. Its like a sweet romcom turned bad into a porn parody. The messaging is right but the method is horrrible. The problem is, when Michael Lewis use profanities, it sounds natural and in place. When the same is mimicked by imposters, you can see through it. A funny read is not like a stand up act where everything you write is individually the funniest line ever. So,a good mone This could have been one hell of a book if the two guys didnt try it too hard to make it the funniest thing on this planet. Its like a sweet romcom turned bad into a porn parody. The messaging is right but the method is horrrible. The problem is, when Michael Lewis use profanities, it sounds natural and in place. When the same is mimicked by imposters, you can see through it. A funny read is not like a stand up act where everything you write is individually the funniest line ever. So,a good money wasted!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rochak

    Fast and interesting. Though I feel, slightly exaggerated (but then again, it's based in the late 90's and specific to NYC). If you are a young MBA student (or even planning to apply for MBA, then this book will give you some idea to decide if I-Banking is what you really want to do. Otherwise a fun and interesting take on what was once the highest paying profession. Language is crisp and replete with humor.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nazar

    I expected this book to be a collection of funny stories and profanities but to my delight it is surprisingly educational. The authors did a great job explaining the intricacies of capital markets and telling their life stories while keeping the reader engaged. It's also filled with great aphorisms and proverbs. The only things that felt redundant were their excessive attempts to draw parallels between investment banking and idiocy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nam KK

    If you are in banking, and you hate it so much, you might resonate with this book. Otherwise, unless you are a whiner, give it a pass. (There is a section about valuation that I don't quite find it accurate - the author might exaggerate in valuation methods in a way that it discredits the book.) But frankly it does give you some insights into lives of the banking fellows, ones in another segment of the finance food chain.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Arturo Lopez

    Great and highly accurate narrative of the investment banking experience as a junior banker. Hilarious and fun to read if you have been a junior banker at a bulge-bracket bank anywhere around the globe. Highly valuable throw back if you have already jumped ship. Great ego boost for those currently in - and that’s completely fine.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alexiana

    Hilarious! This book was hilarious! I read this book as part of my research for a career change and found it absolutely helpful to see a glimpse into investment banking. I wasn’t expecting such an inside scoop to be so funny. As far as a career choice, after reading this book, not likely!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Venkateshwaralu Srikarunyan

    Appreciate the amazing narrative that the authors managed to pull out of their stay in the industry. It was really enjoyable to see how an individual matures to prioritize his needs in life and decides to make a stand in attaining them. It's humane, humorous and hopeful; definitely recommend for a memorable read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Praveen

    This book was recommended to me by an interviewer at a prospective employer, and seems to be an honest account of life in investment banking, based on second hand knowledge from friends working in industry. Nevertheless, it is a hilarious and engaging piece, that reinforces my confirmatory bias in not pursuing a career in investment banking.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ned

    I am pleasantly surprised by this book. It has a good mix of humour and insights (albeit a little crude). I would recommend this book to those who are interested in and/or curious about investment banking.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anvay

    If you want to know about the life of a wall street junior investment banker (pre financial crisis), this is your book. At some places there is a fair bit of exaggeration but perhaps that was required to keep the book interesting..

  26. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Wang

    Entertaining read. Good for college students who would like to break into banking job. It brought back a lot of bittersweet memories of my two years' analyst life in corporate finance in my early 20s.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Fascinating read on the golden age of wall street.

  28. 5 out of 5

    M

    A very realistic view !

  29. 4 out of 5

    Chris Schaffer

    A pretty grim look into the life of a young investment banker. Funny as hell anecdotes.. Kind of gross at the end.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Annas

    Very funny account of the authors experience as investment bankers.

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