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The Go-Go Years: The Drama and Crashing Finale of Wall Street's Bullish 60s by Michael Lewis, John Brooks

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CHAPTER V

Northern Exposure

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By 1965, Wall Street as a social context—a place to have one’s being half of one’s waking weekday hours—had changed in a generation probably more than it had ever previously changed in a lifetime; but it had not had its real revolution. Like the rest of the nation, it was poised on the verge of a strange take-off into new, totally unexpected and totally uncharted directions, new ways of looking at life and dealing with it that would seem not to have come out of evolution from the past or from reaction against it, but out of the blue, as if the past did not exist.

Wall Street as a social context? Twenty paces across from building to building, some six hundred paces end to end, a few hundred acres comprising the whole ...

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