by Roy C. Smith
Charles D Ellis spent 10 years writing The Partnership, his much praised 2008 effort to capture the "culture" of Goldman Sachs, and so Cohan's latest effort seems a rush job to catch the last of the lingering public rage against the big banks that played so rough during the financial crisis.
Cohan interviewed former senior partners, who turned out to be much more loquacious than expected for a firm known for its secretive ways.
The glitzy New York version in Vanity Fair included a lengthy, pre-publication excerpt covering 1989-1999 when the firm had five chief executives. This was truly a messy period in the firm's history, full of juicy bits for gossips to savour.
But the piece never mentioned that these were very difficult times in both Wall Street and the City of London, when firms changed their business models drastically to survive and a great many distinguished names either failed or disappeared into mistaken or unwanted mergers.
Goldman is one firm that sailed
through this period, despite its management changes and
other tumultuous events, without slowing down much at all.
Indeed, it emerged after its initial public offering in 1999
as the unquestioned leader of the global capital markets
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