"Rigged" is the startling true story of David Russo, a rags-to-riches tale of a Brooklyn kid turned Harvard grad. He took on the old-world hierarchy ...Show synopsis"Rigged" is the startling true story of David Russo, a rags-to-riches tale of a Brooklyn kid turned Harvard grad. He took on the old-world hierarchy and its powerful, monied kings, and set out to do the impossible--to build an energy exchange in the middle of the Arab world.Hide synopsis
Description:New. Book Includes after word and interview with the author....New. Book Includes after word and interview with the author. After conquering the hallowed halls of Harvard Business School, this ordinary kid from Brooklyn enters the testosterone-laced warrens of the Merc Exchange, the asylum-like oil exchange located in Lower Manhattan. A place where billions of dollars trade hands every week, the Merc is like a casino on crack, where former garbage men become millionaires overnight, where fistfights break out on the trading floor and men have been known bring prostitutes as dates to company dinners. A far cry from Brooklyn, he know keeps company on the decks of private yachts in Monte Carlo-teeming with half-naked girls flown in by Saudi Sheiks and makes deals in the dangerous back alleys of Beijing. But the Merc is just a starting place. Taken under the wing of another young gun and partnering with a mysterious young Muslim, he embarks on a dangerous adventure to revolutionize the oil trading industry-and along with it, the world. Rigged is the explicit, exclusive, true story behind the headlines that dominate the world stage.
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As with all of Mezrich's books, this is very readable and focuses on brilliant young men cornering a market of sorts. But unlike "Bringing Down The House," RIGGED just doesn't quite ever get to the level of being very compelling. While it does make me curious about how much trouble one could get into in Dubai, overall this wasn't the greatest book. I'd pass.
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