#Book ⛏ Bombardiers ⛈ eBook or E-pub free

I enjoyed that this book was a tribute to Catch 22, but set within the financial industry It oddly made sense to me I thought it was a clever approach when I picked it up writing about the increasingly complex and higher pressure financial instruments being sold vs increasingly insane and dangerous war missions Then I saw that this book was written in 1995 What was clever in a post subprime crisis world suddenly became downright prescient Fun plot twists though I wishwas done with a I enjoyed that this book was a tribute to Catch 22, but set within the financial industry It oddly made sense to me I thought it was a clever approach when I picked it up writing about the increasingly complex and higher pressure financial instruments being sold vs increasingly insane and dangerous war missions Then I saw that this book was written in 1995 What was clever in a post subprime crisis world suddenly became downright prescient Fun plot twists though I wishwas done with a few of them , silly characters and some smart writing about the mess that is finance It really is a tribute to Catch 22, down to the title, so along with that comes a bit of difficulty to get into early on before you catch on an inside look into the real world of finance what s amazing is that it has be written in 1995 that s 13 years before the general collapse of the financial system it just shows that all the signs were there but nobody cared to read this book is prophetic #Book ⚤ Bombardiers ⛅ From the author of theNew York Times bestseller What Should I Do with My Life , Bombardiers is Po Bronson s first novel, a devastating satire of the business world told through the lens of a crazed and colorful group of salespeople forced to push increasingly absurd financial products While it is a shameless homage to Catch 22, it is a particularly timely read during the recent market turmoils.Read it if you want to understand how investment banking works, and have a few laughs at the expense of your retirement account. Bombardiers takes place in San Francisco, following the employees of Atlantic Pacific, but it could easily have been set elsewhere Using midstream point of view shifts, Bronson entreats us to multiple points of view from Sid Geeder the King of Mortgages, through his colleagues, and even past his boss Coyote Jack In this manner Bronson risks confounding his readers until they get used to these sudden shifts but keeps up the furious pace of his story It certainly made me stop and pause once or Bombardiers takes place in San Francisco, following the employees of Atlantic Pacific, but it could easily have been set elsewhere Using midstream point of view shifts, Bronson entreats us to multiple points of view from Sid Geeder the King of Mortgages, through his colleagues, and even past his boss Coyote Jack In this manner Bronson risks confounding his readers until they get used to these sudden shifts but keeps up the furious pace of his story It certainly made me stop and pause once or twice, but it was used to good effect.Thankfully despite this, and the extended descriptive passages that are somewhat repetitive in nature once you re halfway through the book, this novel hasthan enough going for it Bronson s characters are over the top, the dialogue is at times hilarious, and you re almost guaranteed to laugh out loud I particularly found parts where we were following Sid who we are much of the time to be funny, even at times when it probably shouldn t have been Bronson uses language to good affect, and gives his writing a very specific voice which covers for any weaknesses in plot You really don t need to know anything about finance, or that world either, a good thing since I didn t know anything at all.This isn t a book I d recommend reading in small chunks, it s a better read when consumed almost entirely, so that the flow isn t broken However, despite how entertaining Bombardiers is, I found myself beginning to skim read in the last third of the book, particularly the large paragraphs Even then the writing was peppered with funniness, and even if this isn t your usual style of read is worth giving a go Picked this up, and Bronson always succeeds. It s strange to me that this book got favorable reviews from the business press when it portrays the world of high finance in such a deeply cynical light That might attest to its veracity, and if so, that is truly disturbing Bombardiers takes place in San Francisco one reason I read it but it could just as easily take place in any major American city, because the location is Wall Street in its abstract sense not the actual street or even the financial district of New York, but the netw It s strange to me that this book got favorable reviews from the business press when it portrays the world of high finance in such a deeply cynical light That might attest to its veracity, and if so, that is truly disturbing Bombardiers takes place in San Francisco one reason I read it but it could just as easily take place in any major American city, because the location is Wall Street in its abstract sense not the actual street or even the financial district of New York, but the networked deterritorialized grid of global capitalism, where enterprises that buy and sell debt and manipulate markets are like floating spaceships in skyscrapers that tower above the city, scheming on how to dupe investors and strip third world countries Bronson portrays this world as built on lies and deception and and intricate game of bluffing and manipulation first with numbers, then with words, and finally in the personal lives of the traders It s brutal and paranoid and very funny, and in its portrayal of the logical and ethical quandaries of free market economics it is very relevant Originally written as a satire in the mid 90s, Bombardiers now reads as an unheeded warning call to all the economists, politicians, and other business leaders who weren t paying attention to the absurd and unsustainable business practices occurring right under their noses Po Bronson takes a direct cue from Joseph Heller s Catch 22, and structures his novel in a similar fashion, with hilarious dialogue, lightning fast transitions, and a manic dedication to highlighting hypocrisy and inanity in Originally written as a satire in the mid 90s, Bombardiers now reads as an unheeded warning call to all the economists, politicians, and other business leaders who weren t paying attention to the absurd and unsustainable business practices occurring right under their noses Po Bronson takes a direct cue from Joseph Heller s Catch 22, and structures his novel in a similar fashion, with hilarious dialogue, lightning fast transitions, and a manic dedication to highlighting hypocrisy and inanity in his chosen environment Even the title is a homage to Yossarian, the protagonist of Catch 22 And much like Heller, Bronson shows the depravity of corporate groupthink, particularly when directed toward greedy pursuits At the end of the book, protagonists Sidney Geeder and Eggs Igino, despite all the madness around them, have gotten themselves to a better place When I closed the book, I wished we, as a country, could say the same It s no coincidence that I picked up Po Bronson s Bombardiers at a time when the real world financial markets are in turmoil It s been on my bookshelf for a while now not even really in the to read pileaccurately the I happen to own this book pile Several years ago I read another of his works, The First 20 Million Is The Hardest and I wasn t wild about it Of course, I internally compared it with Douglas Coupland s Microserfs , against which most Silicon Valley novels are l It s no coincidence that I picked up Po Bronson s Bombardiers at a time when the real world financial markets are in turmoil It s been on my bookshelf for a while now not even really in the to read pileaccurately the I happen to own this book pile Several years ago I read another of his works, The First 20 Million Is The Hardest and I wasn t wild about it Of course, I internally compared it with Douglas Coupland s Microserfs , against which most Silicon Valley novels are likely to pale.Regardless, Bombardiers is, according to Bronson s foreword, an experimental novel, in the sense that he sat himself down in a closet, listened to a single R.E.M song on infinite repeat, and wrote a novel without worrying about whether adverbs were the devil, ignoring most of what he knew about writing, and avoiding at all costs the so called three line break that most authors use to break up scenes within chapters.What results is a fairly pleasant novel Even the aforementioned adverbs read as irony instead of incompetence, which is a plus Bronson uses language to good effect in this novel it s peppered with puns, ironies, and Tom Swifties Sure, they distract the reader, but in such a way that one feels that one is sharing a joke with the author, not groaning at a literary faux pas or clumsy hacking.This is a novel about the absurdities of financial markets and the people who sell its products In it Bronson invites us to observe the world the sales floor of the Atlantic Pacific corporation and its denizens, including Sid Geeder, the King of Mortgages, Regis Reed, the Prince of Mortgages, Eggs Igino, the New Genius, Lisa Lisa, with her swollen feet Clark Kalinov and his petty tyranny Coyote Jack and his insane sales quotas.This is a satire of the truest sort it is not a roast of the financial markets, it s a skewering The salespeople at AP are faced with three progressively ridiculous bond issues to sell, and their cocksure innumerate boss Coyote Jack gives them increasingly impossible quotas to fill Finally, of course, the whole thing implodes when the AP braintrust has the bright idea to actually turn the hostile takeover of a sovereign nation into a bond issue.In Bronson s world, an implosion your name being mud on the Street is a minor, temporary setback The busted Atlantic Pacific is completely recast with a brand new corporate identity even before the last shambling casualty of the previous incarnation leaves the building There s always the expectation of a juicy government bailout just this side of defeat In this context, though, a bailout as large as 700 billion is too far fetched, too much a fantasy Single digit billion dollar bailouts are hard enough to swallow Ah, the shortsightedness Ultimately, Bombardiers is an entertaining read but fairly unmemorable Most of the characters are single sided Bronson deals effectively with midstream point of view shifts mostly to cover what would ordinarily be a three line break and as mentioned wields the language with some skill It s both sad and terrifying that the subject matter of the novel could be so timely, so accurate, and so unnerving over a decade since its first publication The book is overall an easy read and almost like watching tabloid television, what with all the misfit mortgage backed security salespeople and the anecdotal narrative I had a lot of laughs It is helpful to hit the ground floor running as there is a lot of industry jargon I briefly worked an institutional sales floor in a past life and you can tell the author was in the business this is an inside job I think the character Mark Eggs Igino may be a foil for the author He s the new guy wh The book is overall an easy read and almost like watching tabloid television, what with all the misfit mortgage backed security salespeople and the anecdotal narrative I had a lot of laughs It is helpful to hit the ground floor running as there is a lot of industry jargon I briefly worked an institutional sales floor in a past life and you can tell the author was in the business this is an inside job I think the character Mark Eggs Igino may be a foil for the author He s the new guy who seems to have both talent and a conscience, and we hang our hopes on him to maybe find a way out of an ultimately degrading profession Everyone s in the game for quick money and devoting a few solid years body, mind and soul to the company for financial security for themselves and their families The company gets to treat them like dogshit They bounce you at any time for any reason with 15 minutes notice They bark at you like a boot camp drill sergeant They spy on you and steal your phone records, all in the name of protecting trade secrets They use your vices and vulnerabilities against you to keep you docile in your chair for 12 hours a day The author tracks the lives of several company men and women and they do indeed have the elements of the horror stories we hear about a life in high finance misogyny, greed, deception, adultery, addiction All wrapped up in a closed system of money chasing money in an abstract, global, electronic market One of the telling moments is when Igino demands to hold a real live paper bond in his hands so he can see what he s really selling the company is horrified Good luck getting out because your ass is owned