From Geek to Man
Men in general judge more by the sense of sight than by the sense of touch, because everyone can see but only a few can test by feeling. Everyone sees what you seem to be, few know what you really are; and those few do not dare take a stand against the general opinion.
- Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
A fascinating insight into why the world is on the edge of financial meltdown
Although the book is a bit long, the author's experience as a bond salesman in Salomon Brothers is funny to read, esp when he worked through the ranks in the company
Salomon didn't exist anymore (it's now a subsidiary of Citibank) but the rise and fall of this investment empire was still inspiring - after all these years. Perhaps it's also a guidebook about how not getting lost in the money-jungle.