Black Edge

Black Edge

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Review Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street



Author Sheelah Kolhatkar’s Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street,” tells the tale about the grey legal areas that litter the hedge funding industry. With an industry that speculates market direction, its pioneers made billions. In particular, “Black Edge” follows Steven A. Cohen – a trader highly regarded by many as a legend, until he found himself at the receiving end of a seven-year government investigation. The book documents this case, detailing everything about the hows and whys. “Black Edge,” which technically means information hidden from the public, is an enthralling story that provides insight on the American phenomenon of getting rich through questionable methods and how they are able to do so with impunity.    

About the Author

Sheelah Kolhatkar, a former hedge fund analyst, is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes about Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and politics, among other things. She has appeared as a speaker and commentator on business and economics issues at conferences and broadcast outlets, including CNBC, Bloomberg Television, Charlie Rose, PBS NewsHour, WNYC, and NPR. Her writing has also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, New York, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and other publications. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

  • Prologue: The Flip
    • Part I
      • Chapter 1: Money, Money, Money
      • Chapter 2: What Stevie Wants, Stevie Gets
      • Chapter 3: Murderers’ Row
    • Part II
      • Chapter 4: It’s Like Gambling at Rick’s
      • Chapter 5: Edgy, Proprietary Information
      • Chapter 6: Conflict of Interest
      • Chapter 7: Stuff That Legends Are Made Of
    • Part III
      • Chapter 8: The Informant
      • Chapter 9: The Death of Kings
      • Chapter 10: Occam’s Razor
      • Chapter 11: Undefeatable
      • Chapter 12: The Whale
      • Chapter 13: Karma
      • Chapter 14: The Life Raft
    • Part IV
      • Chapter 15: Justice
      • Chapter 16: Judgment
  • Epilogue
  • Cast of Characters
  • Acknowledgements
  • Notes and Sources
  • Index