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By Ben Mezrich. 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.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Rigged by Ben Mezrich. 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 M 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. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published October 23rd by William Morrow first published October 1st More Details Original Title.

Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Rigged , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 17, Sharon Beers rated it liked it. Street smart kid from Brooklyn and then Harvard enters the wild and woolly world of the Merc Exchange with his bible of Milton Friedman's creed under his arm where billions of dollars change hands every week and fistfights occur on the storied trading floor.

His journey from there encompasses palaces and back alleys while he endeavors to conquer the oil trading world. He helps establish the Dubai Mercantile Exchange while also dancing with, and away from, dangerous Middle East contacts. Publis Street smart kid from Brooklyn and then Harvard enters the wild and woolly world of the Merc Exchange with his bible of Milton Friedman's creed under his arm where billions of dollars change hands every week and fistfights occur on the storied trading floor.

Published in early , it glorifies risk and the young honchos who embraced it, as they helped bring about the financial debacle and the devastating reckoning in , , Aug 31, Douglas rated it liked it.

The sales pitch on this book caught my eye cause I used to intern at a commodities trading company after my sophmore year in college, so I was curious to learn more about commodities trading. The book itself was well written, but lacked a little more excitement. I did learn some cool things about what effects energy prices and from The sales pitch on this book caught my eye cause I used to intern at a commodities trading company after my sophmore year in college, so I was curious to learn more about commodities trading.

I did learn some cool things about what effects energy prices and from the descriptions of Dubai, man, I now believe that Dubai is 'heaven on earth' The best part of the book was really the epilogue and the interview with the real star.

Some great comments about what is happening with the Dubai Mercantile Exchange DMC and a brief explanation of what is going on in the energy markets, particularly crude, right now. I would give the book The author is a good writer, but if he had more funny parts, the read would have been more entertaining.

It would be a worthwhile read if you do want to trade commodities. It would have given me a good heads up before my intern had it been available back in Nov 23, Chazzle rated it liked it Recommends it for: peoplo who like hearing about other people's sexy jobs. The book is more promise than delivery.

Mezrich writes in an interesting style, but at bottom, I don't really believe what the protagonist accomplished actually will change the world. On the other hand, all things Dubai really are pretty fascinating, so the book wasn't all bad, either. View 1 comment. Aug 09, Bill rated it really liked it. This is really a terrific story. It's certainly plausible, if only just.

Giving it the benefit of the doubt that it's more fact than fiction is fairly, but if you can swallow your disbelief, it obviously makes the tale just that much more fascinating. Nov 18, Lauren Marie rated it really liked it. Jun 29, Saidi Mdala rated it really liked it. I am absolutely stunned by the excursion I have just taken. From a club in Manhattan at three-thirty in the ungodly hours of the day, to Merrill Lynch floors the next day six months earlier , and a few weeks later we are at the Mercantile Stock Exchange in Chicago, and then in a dramatic twist of events to Dubai oh Dubai, a whole world where every place and culture on the continent is amply represented — perhaps Rigged: Ben Mezrich So six hours later — two sittings — I put down Rigged.

From a club in Manhattan at three-thirty in the ungodly hours of the day, to Merrill Lynch floors the next day six months earlier , and a few weeks later we are at the Mercantile Stock Exchange in Chicago, and then in a dramatic twist of events to Dubai oh Dubai, a whole world where every place and culture on the continent is amply represented — perhaps the weirdest place in the world , back the New York, then off to Europe — the UK, Switzerland — and then Beijing China , back to Chicago and off to Dubai again, to what becomes the climax of the book.

I have just travelled the world first class flying Emirates! The magic of reading! There is everything you may want in this book, whatever your age.

Depending on what you are looking for: business, adventure, kick ass entrepreneurship ideas, futuristic thinking and development such as only Dubai can illustrate; meeting incredibly driven young people with larger than life ideas and enough grit to follow through on those crazy ideas until they become reality that translates into insane business outcomes. You witness business meeting with political clout and will to change the world.

Then there are the usual elements of speed, efficiency, perseverance, insecurity, deception, greed, sabotage, winning eventually and capitulation for the late adopters. This is a fascinating story — stranger than fiction — where the unusual happens at every turn. It unravels in a tale of two young people from two unlikely worlds for partnership the West and Arabia who meet in the Emirates to hatch a truly game changing idea for a most improbable business venture in the most inconceivable environment: a stock exchange in a Sharia territory — smack in the heart of Arabia a sworn enemy of interest!

What more? How this idea even makes into formal boardrooms is the reason you must read this book and in the process find out how two young people: an Italian kid from the ghettos of Brooklyn who uses everything in the proverbial six inches between his ears to get into Oxford, Harvard Business School and then the world of money meets his counterpart — an orphan who grows under the tutelage and guardianship of a filthy rich uncle — a sheikh with his name to a multibillion business and an heir to one of the oldest Bedouin dynasties in the United Arab Emirates.

The contrasts do not with the backgrounds of poverty and opulence. The two kids hail from two camps naturally polarized by their most basic beliefs of life and cultural prejudices. One is from the West, the other from the East. One from want and another from excess. But once the two go-getters meet, a relationship is ignited that leverages everything they have acquired in their short lives — both are in their early twenties — and with unwaveringly laser focused visions manage to do the unthinkable with the support of the most unimaginable deal makers.

Each is inspired by his circumstances, a big hairy audacious goal and an idol in their respective camps. It is a great story of opportunities and those who do everything with their lives to capitalise on them. Did I mention that this more riveting as watching a Bond movie minus the gunshots, spinning flying cars and exploding planes — but flying cars and exquisite planes are there? Did I also mention that, unlike a Bond movie, this is a true story?

And this is the part that gets me thinking … is this story something that is only possible in America and Dubai? Warren Buffet always insists that he cannot imagine what happened to him — wild success, the billions and all — happening anywhere else but in America. Jim Rohn turned the same idea into a verse or punch line. I never really thought much about it until I read this book. What if they are right? Then I remember that billionaire Strive Masiyiwa yes! Forbes just confirmed him the first billionaire in Zimbabwe is neither American, nor did he make his money in America.

Both men now worth a lot and not a dollar swindled and not a cent inherited. So as I conclude this review, I am smiling from ear to ear as this idea just occurred to me this morning after finishing reading Rigged. My work involves lots of writing, creating learning solutions, coaching, practicing my public speaking and perpetual research to keep myself and my work relevant, but I am still able to read and finish a good book of pages in a day or two.

So I am thinking: an average secondary school student has a cool eight hours free outside school, chores and six to eight hours of sleep every weekday primary school students have more time and energy! Imagine a kid who reads that much books from standard five through to form 5 or 6! Food for thought — students and parents, alike!

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