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Big business, big stories: Go behind scenes of Wall Street, Silicon Valley
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Big business, big stories: Go behind scenes of Wall Street, Silicon Valley

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Wall Street and Silicon Valley are two of the most elusive and exclusive business capitals in the world. Teeming with uber wealthy businesspeople, landing a position in either of these locales may seem like the ultimate dream ... until you actually get there — and experience the fierce pressures that bring out the best (and often, the worst) in people.

This selection of books includes stories both true and fictitious sharing one common theme: They reveal exactly what happens behind the curtain at the companies that dominate the global financial and technology markets.

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Wiener’s extraordinary memoir about navigating Silicon Valley during the height of a cultural shift provides a glimpse behind the curtain of the companies that claim to be building the future. This book paints a portrait of the misogyny, disillusionment and quest for progress at any cost that live at the core of Silicon Valley.

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Theranos has consistently made headlines over the past few years for its failed attempts at revolutionizing medical technology. The company was valued at $9 billion, quickly making its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, a billionaire. The issue arose, though, when multiple clinical trials revealed that the blood-testing system did not actually work. This Silicon Valley screw-up led to thousands of misdiagnoses and unnecessary treatments.“Bad Blood” tells the full tale of the entrepreneur’s inability to swallow her pride, putting droves of Americans in danger.

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“The Circle” is the world’s premier internet company, boasting immense power and nearly impossible-to-land positions. When Mae Holland is offered a role in the company, her dream come true rapidly turns into a living nightmare. The story takes a tragic turn when Mae realizes that her entire life is far more public than she ever intended for it to become.

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This novel documents protagonist Warren Hament’s entry into the world of corporate finance in the early 1980s. He experiences the glamorous life of the Wall Street elite and receives a promotion early on in his career. While this may sound like an ideal situation, his promotion comes with a major caveat — Warren is replacing his recently murdered mentor. Simultaneously, he takes on his new role and finds himself at the epicenter of a double murder investigation, seeking justice in the deaths of two Wall Street magnates.

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