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The Asylum: Inside the Rise and Ruin of the Global Oil Marketby Leah Mcgrath Goodman
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For the first time, hear the story of the rise and ruin of the global oil market— in the words of the oil traders who built it.
Meet the self-anointed kings of the New York Mercantile Exchange, the place where global oil prices are set to this day. In some ways, they are everything you would expect them to be: a secretive, members-only club of men and women who live lavish lifestyles; cavort with politicians, strippers, and celebrities; and blissfully jack up oil prices while profiting off the misery of the working class.
In other ways, they are nothing you can imagine: many come from working-class families themselves, the progeny of Jewish, Irish, and Italian immigrants who escaped war-torn Europe to claw their way to the top.
Led by the reluctant son of a produce merchant, the rough-and-tumble traders of Nymex usurped the power of Big Oil in the 1980s to create an even bigger and more dangerous colossus—an all-too-human experiment in how raw ambition and the endless quest for wealth can change the very nature of both man and market.
Part oral history and part exposé, The Asylum ventures deep into the belly of the beast, revealing how the unchecked and incestuous relationships between Washington and Wall Street paved the way for an era of $100 oil. From the grand alliances to the outrageous fortunes that have repeatedly brought the economy to the brink, this is one real-life story both Washington and Wall Street don't want you to read.
The Asylum is a stunning exposé by a seasoned Wall Street journalist that once and for all reveals the truth behind Americas oil addiction in all its unscripted and dysfunctional glory.
In the tradition of Too Big to Fail and Liars Poker, author Leah McGrath Goodman tells the amazing-but-true story of a band of struggling, hardscrabble traders who, after enduring decades of scorn from New Yorks stuffy financial establishment, overcame more than a century of failure, infighting, and brinksmanship to build the worlds reigning oil empire—entirely by accident.
About the Author
An award-winning journalist, Leah McGrath Goodman has written for Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, the Financial Times, and the Guardian in New York and London. She currently resides in Boulder, where she is a Ted Scripps fellow at the University of Colorado.
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