Originally Posted by Fuuma
I read it, it's ok but not very well written. Real people manage to look flat and forgettable but some of the events can be compelling. Well maybe most of the people involved weren't very interesting anyway. It's not about Douchey 80s WS culture but I guess it related to that. People writing for the WSJ would use the term "hubris" instead of "douchey" but that's because they're finance drama queens and think everything revolves around WS.
Most of the hubris in that story is around corporate characters rather than the "Wall Street" ones. Well written or not, it's a book about a transaction, it's intricacies and drama, and the personalities around it, rather than about the WS culture. I really cannot see how this could be called a book about the "douchey 80s wall street culture" - it's not the right label (unlike the other books mentioned in the thread). If one finds the characters in Barbarians douchey, then they can apply that label to most high-level business executives, not only in finance, and not only in the 80s.