"My Side of the Street takes you along on the exciting and compassionate personal journey of entrepreneur Jason Trennert as his career on Wall Street evolves. Filled with essential truths, Trennert's memoir will enrich the career of the novice and the veteran alike, providing more than a few good laughs along the way."
- Byron R. Wien, Vice Chairman Blackstone Advisory Partners, LP
"From one of the most respected young minds and the biggest hearts on Wall Street, this book honors the hard-working, honest pros who fuel American growth and innovation. Jason Trennert's My Side of Street is a must-read."
- Larry Kudlow
“A humorous look at Wall Street that is part memoir and part defense of imperfect but critical industry.” -Jason DeSena Trennert
"The heart and soul of Wall Street revealed through the personal experiences of one of its leading thinkers. Trennert discards the myths and shows the dignity and grit still driving American finance."
- Jimmy Dunne, Senior Managing Principal Sandler O'Neill + Partners
"Jason Trennert provides a candid picture of life in the rough-and-tumble world of Wall Street. Don't miss his colorful account of how it was and how the financial markets are changing, for better and for worse."
- Martin Fridson, Chief Investment Officer Lehmann Livian Fridson Advisors, LLC
"Jason Trennert's book is a wonderful read about one man's personal journey through an industry whose often underrated successes and in-the-cross-hairs failures have been at the heart of this new century."
- Liz Ann Sonders, Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Strategist, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
THE OUTSIDER: A Love Affair with Stocks
August 8th, 2015
The author of this engaging memoir acknowledges that Wall Street is not without its wolves and flashboys, made famous in popular films and best-selling books. But he manages to persuade us that his "side of the street" also exists, propelled by those "who take the subway to work and worry about paying their mortgage every month."
Jason DeSena Trennert recounts his three-decade “love affair” with Wall Street, detailing a trajectory from cold-caller at a suburban Smith Barney office to founder and chairman of the institutional brokerage firm Strategas Research Partners—“from Long Island punk to Manhattan guru.”
The author regards himself as a “Wall Street working stiff” throughout, and never forgets the perceived disadvantages that plagued him at the outset: being a “tawny” Italian-American in what was still a WASP world, lacking connections, and holding a mere liberal arts degree. The outsider voice adds tension, as he becomes an insider who can draw smart lessons from his mistakes and take shrewd risks toward advancement. Though firmly established, he clings to the underdog persona. He lives in Manhattan, but isn’t of Manhattan.
Trennert frequently cites literary and cultural references, from Shakespeare to Sinatra. While this might normally seem trite, it enhances the pleasures of My Side of the Street.