The classic account of the fall of the House of Baring and the ultimate rogue trader Nick Leeson, now published for the first time as an ebook. John Gapper and his co-author Nick Denton, now founder of Gawker Media interviewed all of the players involved in the collapse of one of England's oldest banks.
All That Glitters revealed the faustian deal struck between the whizz-kid traders who seemed to be bringing in huge profits and the grandees who were happy to pocket them without asking too many questions.
It examines the actions and motives of all the participants, including those of Leeson himself, including the final days when politicians and bankers made a last-ditch attempt to save the bank.
"The book that has most fascinated me is All That Glitters, densely researched, excellently told. With the energy and fascination of Victorian fiction, it's probably the best modern variant ofThe Way We Live Now - the Trollope novel that seems to come closest to our curious times." - Malcolm Bradbury. The Independent, Best Books of 1996.
"Lays serious claim to the tag 'definitive', and it reveals for the first time that Leeson's frauds were undertaken to bolster his own self-image as a 'master of the universe' . . . the staccato writing style holds you in the centre of the action" - Frank Kane, Sunday Times.
"The inside information, particularly about the rescue attempt, is predictably strong, and the account reads like a financial thriller . . . The authors paint a picture of human frailty on a huge canvas." - Stephen Pollard in The Times.