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The Zeroes

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Randall Lane discusses unwittingly becoming a Wall Street power broker during the decade he calls the Zeroes, when he started a small magazine company that put him near the center of the biggest boom in history. He book The Zeroes: My Misadventures in the Decade Wall Street Went Insane is an insider's memoir of a gilded era on Wall Street—and its demise.

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Comments [9]

Gus from Prospect Heights Brooklyn

This may have been the absolutely least informative piece Leonard has ever had on his show. Who cares about excess on Wall Street? The guest sounded as if he's still very excited about it and 'in it.'
Being reminded of this time made me furious that it was even allowed to happen. People in finance aren't good people, we knew that before. The 00's are a good time in history to be forgotten.
I can't help but think the publishing industry is going though a similar age of excess if they're publishing this garbage.
I'll write a book about how I lived for a year unemployed, had to be my landlord not to evict me, borrowed money from friends and didn't eat out in a restaurant for eleven months. Let me do that when the job market is better. Won't everyone love to read about that later?

Jul. 08 2010 07:20 AM
burned freelancer, Randall Lane is scum from Brooklyn

I'm sorry I missed this show, but I am more upset that NPR gave Randall Lane a forum to market his book. I freelanced for a number of his titles, and I am one of the many people he left high and dry. I have not seen a single cent of the money owed to me for my work for Doubledown Media. Now, he is attempting to shamelessly make a buck off his "experience". He should donate his earnings to the people he ripped off. A leach like this has no place on NPR.

Jul. 07 2010 06:12 PM
dboy from nyc

Morally bankrupt armored car chaser - pathetic!

zzz.

Jul. 07 2010 12:49 PM
dboy from nyc

"... an honest story..."??? really? Don't you mean, "sell books"???

Journalist???

Gimmie a damn break!

Jul. 07 2010 12:40 PM
Mike from Nyc

Uh! Another book about the excesses of Wall St. Really?? This guy still seems dazzled by the whole culture.

Jul. 07 2010 12:33 PM
dboy from nyc

This guy has a long history of leaving lots of people financially high and dry. Ne'er-do-well loudmouth. Can't believe this tripe found it's way on to WNYC!

Jul. 07 2010 12:30 PM
Jim B

I've been referring to it as "Decade Zero" since shortly after 9/11.

Jul. 07 2010 12:12 PM
anonyme

The Brits called them the "aughties"

Jul. 07 2010 12:08 PM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Let the financiers run the whole show-like in France before World War Two.
Things worked out better that way there then.
It's all about the economy, stupid.

Jobs jobs jobs-gulf gulf gulf.
Uh, you know this argument makes no sense.
Uh, guess I was wrong. Sorry.

Jul. 07 2010 11:55 AM

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