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Screen shot 2009-11-06 at 11.31.47 AM.pngActually, that’s not entirely true: CG’s first choice of venue to have a roundtable discussion of the definitive take on the crisis, When Mooks Fail: The Goddamn Beatin’ That Bear Stearns Took, is his local Gold’s Gym (the last stop on the tour, late December). But this is at least preferable to doing it in that place with all the books. Will he step into the ring and regale the crowd with a quick demo from a guy who, little known fact, was a Golden Gloves hopeful? I think you know the answer to that. If you, too, would like to wow clients with a celebrity appearance at your annual investor dinner, get in touch.

From: Strategas Research Partners
Subject: Strategas – Boxing Night 2009 at the NYAC
It’s time for the 3rd Annual Strategas Boxing Night at the New York Athletic Club. As a way to socially say ‘thank you’ for the support we’ve received all year, Jason Trennert and I want to invite you to join us for a great night of steaks and boxing. This year the event will take place on Monday, November 23rd at the New York Athletic Club with dinner & drinks to start at 5:30PM / intercollegiate bouts starting at 7:30PM. Charlie Gasparino will also be on hand to discuss his new book, “The Sellout.”
Please let me know if you’d like to attend.

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  • 04 Nov 2009 at 3:57 PM

Charlie Gasparino Also Huge In Greenwich?

As previously mentioned, it seems Charlie Gasparino has some (cheapskate) fans in New Canaan, who lined up to get their hands on his new book, Up In Smoke, the second it was available at their local library. Now our attention has been directed to the fact that he’s got some rabid followers in Greenwich: every copy of his tome has been checked out or reserved in the last 24 hours. Now, obviously, we wouldn’t dare suggest that the entire state of Connecticut wasn’t waiting with bated breath to read (but not pay for) the definitive book on the crisis. But does this not seem a bit suspect? Clearly if a certain hedge fund manager wanted to keep this from his people, he’d simply have his air force bomb the libraries. But I’m not yet convinced something isn’t up. In related news sure to chap some NYT hide, our New Canaan librarian correspondent informs us of number of copies ordered for the various financial crisis titles:

The Sellout/ Charles Gasparino= 16
House of Cards/ William Cohen = 8
Street Fighters/ Kate Kelly = 1
Colossal Failure / Lawrence McDonald = 2
Too Big To Fail / Sorkin = 2

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The New Canaan Library had 16 copies of Charlie Gasparino’s book ready to rent yesterday. Half of them are already checked out. He’s coming here to speak at the end of the month.

Screen shot 2009-11-03 at 1.29.08 PM.png From the mailbag:

Spotted Andrew Ross Sorkin at a bookstore in Penn Station berating a young clerk for not carrying more copies of his book, “Too Big To Fail.”
He actually said quite loudly: “Dude, you need to carry like a 100 copies of that book. It’s gonna be huge!”

Sorkin has yet get back to us with a comment on the account, and while it doesn’t really seem very in character for the DealBook editor to be making such a spectacle (in public), you can’t deny that he’s right to fight for the guy who just wants to get a gripping account of the shit that went down last year over a few rounds at the Houlihan’s bar, or in the station’s lush new accomodations. One thing you can be sure of is this:

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1. Aesthetically, it’s a piece of shit. Also, Salmon wouldn’t use the pages to line his birdcage.
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2. Too much Charlie.
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3. That the people publicizing it in included materials that might help sell the thing.
4. This wasn’t a Tweet (yet) but just speculation: that it wasn’t written by Sorkin?

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Screen shot 2009-10-21 at 11.13.18 AM.pngI told her that it was intended to be a compliment à la you’re the Money Honey but powerful and in leather and carrying a whip but I don’t think it helped much. MDubs did concede, however, that “it could be worse” and that her mother “loves” the moniker which really? Is all we’re after here: the mom endorsement. Unfortunately Vikram Pandit was not present at the party last night for Andrew Ross Sorkin’s new book, Too Big To Fail, as a demo on the spreader and truss bar would’ve been nice but maybe next time. John Mack was there, though not offering himself up for an impromptu primer. JM held court in the back room for most of the evening, where he told us that contrary to popular belief he is “not retiring” but merely shedding the CEO title. Being Chairman of Morgan Stanley is a full-time job, and he will be in the office everyday come January, for those of you thinking he’d be taking it easy in North Carolina. No Lloyd Blankfein, which stung, but his loss, right? We don’t need that guy and his blood sucking ways. Jamie Dimon did his part repping for the “hot piece of ass” CEO contingent and fresh off an afternoon set at the Laugh Factory was Bill Ackman, on a roll with the prison warden jokes. Also working the room:

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  • 07 Oct 2009 at 1:38 PM

Charlie Gasparino Will Not Go Quietly Into The Night

charliegasparino.jpgYesterday we discussed the fact that Andrew Ross Sorkin’s new book mentions that during last year’s crisis, Lloyd Blankfein started boycotting CNBC (by turning his TV off), on account of “rumor-mongering” by Charlie Gasparino. Chaz conceded that while LB might’ve been unhappy with his ace reporting, the Goldman CEO never uttered the filthy term in connection with CG’s name, or even thought it. Knowing Gaspo, we figured he’d solve this problem the way he solves all his problems, namely with the busting of knee caps and the suggestion that ARS is the perfect size to fit in the trunk of a Buick. Unfortunately he’s apparently been advised to keep the brass knuckles in his dresser drawer for the time being, and has instead sought legal counsel to deal with “this guy.”

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