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Backstage Wall Street: An Insider's Guide to Knowing Who to Trust, Who to Run From, and How to Maximize Your Investments by Joshua M. Brown

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5Blue-Collar Wall Street

It is 8 o’clock in the morning on the North Shore of Long Island. The office is filled with rows of wooden desks; the walls are floor-to-ceiling tinted windows. There are no televisions in this room; there is only a giant whiteboard with motivational sayings scrawled across it. Below us, in the underground garage, Porsches and BMWs are taking naps as their owners (leasers?) are harangued upstairs.

The man standing before us is 300 pounds, and he is sweating profusely. He is Tony Soprano but bigger and more intimidating.

He has the type of bulky fat that you can tell was once muscle. He is so angry that veins are bulging from his hands, neck, and forehead. Maybe he is angry because of how he let himself go. He is acting ...

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