For the Beauty of the Earth: A Novel
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For the Beauty of the Earth: A Novel

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In his late twenties Bruce Warrick holds a Harvard MBA and a new position for a global, financial conglomerate in New York as the portfolio manager of a Top 50 Hedge Fund even as he suffers from a severe sleep disorder. His powerful CEO compels him to join a private, hedge fund association -- the Keynes Society at the Harvard Club of New York. Bruce learns that the Keynes...more
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Published April 2nd 2010 by WordsworthGreenwich Press
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Jan 02, 2012 LeAnn added it
I received a copy of this novel from the author, David Lentz.

As stories about the protests that began as "Occupy Wall Street" continue to spin out in the news, moving further afield in the U.S. and even going global, it's clear that many people see stockbrokers and other money managers as key players in our current economic woes. For the Beauty of the Earth, narrated by young hedge-fund manager Bruce Warrick, offers a timely and cautionary tale about the seductive power and potential for abuse a...more
Emma Stephens
I stalled on the reading of this book, but something about its presentation compelled me to finish, and I loved it. Our protagonist possesses the American Dream coupled with a crippling sleep disorder. Because his life has been so outwardly blessed with an Ivy League education, a loving family, and an enviable lifestyle, it might be difficult for onlookers to sympathize with, or even comprehend, his very private struggle. The dream sequences threw me from the flow, alerting me very early on that...more

Full disclosure: I don't know the author well, but he generously provided me with a free copy of this book. I don't think it influenced my review at all.

Murder mysteries generally aren't my genre of choice, but murder mysteries involving the Builderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission? Sign me up!

This is the story of Bruce Warrick, wide-eyed innocent hedge fund manager (!!) who has just taken a job with a new employer on Wall Street. Imagine: a hedge fund manager in this day and age, writte...more
David Lentz
Jun 23, 2012 David Lentz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
This novel was read for a Pulitzer Prize in Letters but did not short-list. Here is a chart of the Bilderberg Group, which figures prominently in this novel: http://stopsyjonizmowi.files.wordpres...
I really did enjoy this book. The storyline is great. You can check my blog for a more detailed review.

The reason I gave it 4 stars (which means it's a great book) and I didn't give it 5 stars is because some parts were too slow for my taste. Still, a great book!

Thanks David for sending this to be me!
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Born in Woburn, Massachusetts, David B. Lentz graduated from Bates College. He is a member of the Center for Fiction in New York, the Royal Society of Literature in London, the Academy of American Poets and the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. He has published six novels: "For the Beauty of the Earth", "AmericA, Inc.", "Bloomsday", "Bourbon Street", "The Day Trader" and "The Silver...more
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“Maybe, life is a kind of waking dream.
Maybe, it's a double-dream with a false awakening.
Maybe, the dream only becomes lucid and truly luminous given the fuller perspective of life after one's own wake.
Maybe, the pictures never stop.
Doesn't the existence of dreams and higher consciousness during the years of blackouts of a lifetime, whether longer or shorter, give us a valid premise to hope that another highly spiritual state may await our passing?”
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