By Douglas Kennedy
'How we chase Mammon defines us. simply because, love it or now not, we're what we earn,' CHASING MAMMON is the 1st shuttle e-book ever written concerning the makes use of of cash and the attitudes of the wheelers and purchasers within the foreign industry. Douglas Kennedy spent a yr loitering with cause in six very disparate monetary geographical regions, together with the Casablanca bourse (where shares and bonds are indexed on a blackboard), the squeaky-clean Singapore cash markets, the Sydney futures industry and the 1st Hungarian inventory trade to open considering that 1948. From the 'New Age' urban folks in London, not sure no matter if greed fairly is nice for you, to the tireless toilers of Wall highway, Knnedy's encounters with money-makers world wide make for a thrilling and quirkily unique trip in the course of the glossy funds nexus.
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Schmooze. Pure New Yorkeze. Spoken by a man who was obviously intimidated by a restaurant which, with its beau monde affectations, was also pure New Yorkeze. Toby, I decided, really was a stranger in a strange land. We handed over an immense sum of money to Calvin and made for the door. ‘Liked the food, hated the bill,’ Toby said sotto voce as we struggled into our coats. ’ We hit the street. It was one of those raw sub-arctic nights when you could almost believe that Manhattan was twinned with Irkutsk.
His first work of fiction, The Dead Heart, was recently filmed as Welcome to Woop Woop. His most recent novel, The Job, ‘a furiously paced, compulsive thriller’ (The Times), was published to much acclaim in 1998. In addition to Chasing Mammon he is also the author of two other highly praised travel books: Beyond the Pyramids and In God’s Country. Born in New York City in 1955, he lives in London with his wife and two children. Also by Douglas Kennedy FICTION The Dead Heart The Big Picture The Job NON-FICTION Beyond the Pyramids In God’s Country COPYRIGHT Published by Hachette Digital ISBN: 9781405511544 All characters and events in this publication, other than those clearly in the public domain, are fictitious and any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
By the time we reached his building my feet had been rendered senseless, and as we crossed the centrally-heated threshold of his apartment I was hoping that a whisky might be proffered to assist the thawing process. But Toby (as if reading my mind) said that all he had in the way of liquid antifreeze was herbal tea or decaf. So I made do with a cup of emasculated coffee. Toby’s was a standard-issue Upper East Side apartment. Two small bedrooms, a galley kitchen, parquet floors, white walls, eight-foot ceilings.