The Underwriting, Michelle Miller

I must admit I'm a sucker for a New York insider book. The Underwriting is to Wall Street what The Devil Wears Prada is to the fashion industry. Michelle Miller is an impressive writer, the book is written with empathy for ambition and authenticity to the industry. She highlights the aggression and the hypocrisy needed to survive in the world of merchant banking.

Perhaps what I love most about most about this is that the author secured her own advance to write it. She raised her own capital to fun the writing of the book. Now that's savvy and an author I want on my shelf. Grab a copy for these holidays. 

The Official Blurb from Text

The Underwriting takes you behind closed doors into a world of sex scandals, power plays and shady trading. It’s the dangerous and thrilling place where The Social Network meets The Wolf of Wall Street. 

Todd Kent is young, hot and on his way to the top of Wall Street when the eccentric founder of Hook, the popular new dating app, handpicks him to lead its float on the stock exchange. Hook has been helping Todd score with women and now it’s going to make him rich.

Todd and his investment banking team—brainy Neha, party-boy Beau and old flame Tara Taylor—race to close the $14 billion deal of the decade. It’s the chance of a lifetime for Tara, too, who sees her opportunity to break through the glass ceiling and justify six years of sacrifices for her career.

But nothing is what it seems in Silicon Valley—and when tragedy strikes, and the sparks fly, there’s no telling who might get burned.