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It's been a difficult year for Goldman Sachs, but the story of Wall Street's top investment bank is rich with financial drama. Not as rich as Branson? This tome won't help you

The Partnership: The Making of Goldman Sachs By Charles D. Ellis Penguin Press; 729 pages

No publisher could craft a more sterling publicity campaign to launch Charles D. Ellis' saga of Goldman Sachs than Wall Street has for the past three months. Proving, yet again, that there's no such thing as bad publicity, the white-knuckle drama being played out in today's market offers a scarily fitting backdrop for Ellis' ambitious and absorbing tale of men (no women), money, ambition and redemption. It is, he writes, the saga of a company and its people "with unusual strengths [whose] aspirations were not on...