Outside of professional circles with some involvement in banking, the view of a company such as Goldman Sachs is more easily found in the many articles and books that denounce finance, its supposed grip on the economy, its undue influence on governments, and its key role in the 2008 financial crisis and the current widening of the inequality gap.

If this is the angle that interests you regarding Goldman Sachs, you may as well stop here and go read measured and enlightening books such as Jeff Madrick’s Age of Greed, Gillian Tett’s Fool’s Gold, and Rana Foroohar’s Makers and Takers. I also recommend watching J. C. Chandor’s beautiful (and ambivalent) movie Margin Call, which is a true masterpiece…