When people leave Goldman, they tend to do it quietly. Though the firm’s gold-plated reputation took a big hit after the 2008 financial crisis, it’s still regarded as the smartest, most profitable and politically well-connected firm on Wall Street, and the toughest place to get a job. Now, on the eve of publishing a book about his experiences at Goldman, Greg Smith is talking for the first time about what led him to leave the firm, and to do it in such a public way.
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