Greg Smith resigned in the spring of 2012 as the head of Goldman Sachs's United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Smith graduated from Stanford University and went to work for the firm full-time in 2001. He spent his first ten years in the New York headquarters before moving to London in 2011. He currently lives in New York City.
...Smith has written a field guide to the culture of Goldman Sachs
and a fly-on-the-wall account of Wall Street on the skids.
[Greg Smith] did what we would all hope that our own banker would do: he spoke out publicly about something that was wrong. -- Hamilton Nolan, Gawker
A personal tale of one person caught up in a wave of greed, betrayal, and a complete disregard for the standards that had made Goldman Sachs the most trusted name on Wall Street. -- David Siegfried, Booklist
A portrait, in Proustian detail, of a world and a mentality that is utterly alien, and should be infuriating, to most of us on Main Street. -- Mark Gongloff, Huffington Post
An insider's take on Goldman Sachs strikes a nerve....it provides a rare inside look into a career path to which many aspire: from nothing to Wall Street affluence. It will also be read because of its characterisation of Goldman's integrity. Where once it profited from helping clients prosper, the bank shifted, Mr Smith contends, into an entity that profited from clients. -- The Economist
The author's personal account of the many facets of daily life at Goldman Sachs gives his memoir the power of persuasion and conviction. -- Kirkus