At the Guardian he tagged his top ten books about bankers. One title on the list:
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom WolfeRead about another entry on the list.
A marvellously well-written novel by one of the kings of journalism. This book gave us the term master of the universe, referring to the almost maniacally self-confident Wall Street bond trader Sherman McCoy. Most of my interviewees working in trading said they knew one or two colleagues like McCoy, but not more. Consider this book a pleasant hors d’oeuvre and read it not for its realistic portrayal but for fun, and to steel yourself for what is coming…