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After conquering the hallowed halls of Harvard Business School, an Italian-American kid from the streets of Brooklyn decides to take on the testosterone-fueled Merc Exchange in lower Manhattan—where billions of dollars in oil money trade hands every week and where fistfights are known to break out on the trading floor. Soon our hero is living the good life in the gold-lined hotel palaces of Dubai and on private yachts in Monte Carlo, teeming with half-naked gir… More >>
Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai
5 thoughts on “Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai”
What doctors were to our grandmothers, what leveraged buyout tycoons were to our moms, oil traders are what every woman is looking for today. “Rigged” brings you inside the fantasy version this world and, for a little while, you can almost taste the excitement. All my girlfriends couldn’t put it down. If, like most women, you really dig high-flying traders with plenty of cash, this book is for you! Read it in private :-) Seriously, what rubbish!
Rating: 2 / 5
Talk about being in the right place at the right time! That’s exactly what happened to John D’Agostino (here presented as David Russo) in 2002 and in less than six months this twenty-five year old had transformed the world of oil trading, not to mention his own life. If Robert Ripley were still assembling his “Believe It or Not” series, this story would qualify as one of the best. In “Rigged”, Ben Mezrich captures the entire episodic few months in Russo’s life and with it how the New York Mercantile Exchange (aka NYMEX or “the Merc”) works…it’s fascinating from beginning to end.
We first read about Russo, a recent Hravard Business School graduate and native Brooklynite, when he had begun a job at Merrill Lynch (a place where he was certain to be confined to a successful, but dull career). A chance encounter with Anthony Giovanni, chairman of the Merc, sends Russo on his way to becoming an almost overnight success. But the story has broader, international implications and the dealings young Russo has with employees at the Merc, not to mention those in the Middle East, take your breath away. Through a combination of luck, hard work and an ability to forecast, Russo goes on one unbelievable mission after another. Through it all, author Mezrich is right alongside, keeping track of the whole thing in equally dazzling form.
“Rigged” is extremely well-written and the pace of the book mirrors the pace of the trading floor. Never letting up, Mezrich keeps the reader caffeinated, too, and beyond the subject matter, his attention to detail is a much added bonus. I highly recommend “Rigged”…it will keep your eyes glued to the page, awaiting every twist and turn.
Rating: 5 / 5
I read this book in under three days which is impressive considering i also wrote a couple papers in that time. It has kept me glued the entire time, Ben is a great author and i thoroughly enjoy his books.
Rating: 5 / 5
Great story though the writing gets a little strokey at times. Would make one hell of a movie.
Rating: 4 / 5
I have become a huge fan of the authour Ben Mezrich after reading all his books, his style of writing makes for quick, sometimes humourous, informative and even edge of the seat nail biting reading. Rigged was a quick read that never dissapointed, couldn’t put it down. I’ll look forward to his next book and hopefully someone will make movies out of his books because if done properly they could all be blockbusters. Is Ben the new John Grisham?
Rating: 5 / 5