The lion’s share of Confessions of a Wall Street Insider was written while Kimelman was an inmate at Lewisburg Penitentiary. In nearly two years behind bars, he reflected on his experiences before incarceration—rubbing elbows and throwing back far too many cocktails with financial titans and major figures in sports and entertainment (including Leonardo DiCaprio, Alex Rodriguez, Ben Bernanke, and Alan Greenspan, to drop a few names); making and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in daily gambles on the Street; getting involved with the wrong people, who eventually turned on him; realizing that none of that mattered in the end. As he writes: “Stripped of family, friends, time, and humanity, if there’s ever a place to give one pause, it’s prison . . . Tomorrow is promised to no one.” In Confessions of a Wall Street Insider, he reveals the triumphs, pains, and struggles, and how, in the end, it just might have made him a better person.
If you occasionally overlook your partner’s fast and loose behavior, Confessions of a Wall Street Insider is required reading. You might avoid 30 months in jail and spare your family the ignominy, which Mike Kimelman learned the hard way and now chronicles in a WTF page-turner for anyone with a pulse.
Author of The Trust and The Dirty Little Secrets of Money
When prosecutors place a political agenda and career ambition over truth and justice, people inevitably get trampled. Michael Kimelman is a perfect example of that collateral damage.
Bestselling author, celebrity lawyer and owner of Venezia football team
If you like wild rides, you'll love Confessions of a Wall Street Insider, Michael Kimelman's gripping, well-written, memoir of his incredible journey from an associate at the tony law firm Sullivan & Cromwell to the lunacy of day trading and into the great beyond of Wall Street hedge funds. When he's arrested for insider trading in 2009, the adventure really begins.
WILLIAM D. COHAN
Best-selling author of House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street
Kimelman’s account as a defendant in the federal criminal justice system provides insights into just how broken, and frightening, that system has become.
WALT PAVLO, JR.
Forbes Columnist and Co-Author of Stolen Without A Gun
Kimelman is guilty of one thing: writing a helluva book. If you want a front row seat to a Wall Street Witch hunt -- read this.