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Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai

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From the author who brought you the massive New York Times bestseller Bringing Down the House, this is the startling rags-to-riches story of an Italian-American kid from the streets of Brooklyn who claws his way into the wild, frenetic world of the oil exchange.

After conquering the hallowed halls of Harvard Business School, he enters the testosterone-laced warrens of the Merc Exchange, the asylumlike 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 garbagemen become millionaires overnight and where fistfights break out on the trading floor.

This ordinary kid has traded Brooklyn for the gold-lined hotel palaces of Dubai. He 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, the kid 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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Mezrich (a columnist for Stuff magazine and Boston Common) tells the insider's story of John D'Agostino, a young Ivy League graduate who works at the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he is later tapped to aid in the creation of an oil exchange market in Dubai. Names have been changed, certain characters are composite and, overall, the book veers more towards trying to capture an atmosphere of high-risk finance and high-flying lifestyles for a general audience than seeking to present an analytical portrayal of oil exchange markets and traders. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"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.

About the Author

Ben Mezrich has published ten books, including the New York Timesbestseller Bringing Down the House(now a Sony picture starring Kevin Spacey). He is a columnist for Boston Commonand a contributor for Flushmagazine (London). He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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kean, January 2, 2009 (view all comments by kean)
Please stop calling Mezrich's books non-fiction, or "true." There may be some elements of this book that are true, but they are fleshed out with formulaic scenarios and horrible writing. Seems to be aimed at 13 year old boys, and/or Hollywood.
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ISBN:
9780061252723
Subtitle:
The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai
Author:
Mezrich, Ben
Author:
by Ben Mezrich
Publisher:
William Morrow
Subject:
General
Subject:
Petroleum industry and trade
Subject:
Businesspeople
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Industries - Energy Industries
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Petroleum industry and trade -- United States.
Subject:
Businesspeople -- United States.
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Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20071023
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.01 in 17.65 oz

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