Bond Writing

1925

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The classic novel begins with Nick Carraway deciding to "go East and learn the bond business." It ends with his education in "business on the side."

1987

The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe. The author introduces the world to the now ubiquitous coinage, "Master of the Universe," in the form of über-WASP bond trader Sherman McCoy.

1991

American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis. Twenty-six-year-old investment banker Patrick Bateman narrates his own exploits in mergers and acquisitions as well as murders and executions.

2002

Moral Hazard, by Kate Jennings. A Wall Streeter sees in skyscrapers the "infestations of middle managers, tortuous chains of command, stupor-inducing meetings, ever widening gyres of e-mail."

2009

Union Atlantic, by Adam Haslett. This novel centers on a narcissistic director at a Boston bank as he primes the instruments of economic ruin and tries to keep ahead of the Fed.

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