Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Business & Economics - 288 pages
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Ben Mezrich, author of the New York Times bestseller Bringing Down the House, returns with an astonishing story of Ivy League hedge-fund cowboys, high stakes, and the Asian underworld.

John Malcolm was the ultimate gunslinger in the Wild East, prepared to take on any level of risk in making mind-boggling sums of money. He and his friends were hedge-fund cowboys, living life on the adrenaline-, sex-, and drugs-fueled edge—kids running billion-dollar portfolios, trading information in the back rooms of high-class brothels and at VIP tables in nightclubs across the Far East.

Malcolm and his Ivy League-schooled twenty-something colleagues, with their warped sense of morality, created their own economic theory that would culminate in a single deal the likes of which had never been seen before—or since.

Ugly Americans is a story of extremes, charged with wealth, nerve, excess, and glamour. A real-life mixture of Liar's Poker and Wall Street, brimming with intense action, romance, underground sex, vivid locales, and exotic characters, Ugly Americans is the untold true story that rocked the financial community.

 

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I spent considerable time in Japan during these years, although in the music world side of things, and when I heard this book via Audible (abridged), it rang thoroughly true. Very fast paced and detailed, this book gives you an honest, rare glimpse at a side of Japan than most have never imagined. I had to buy the unabridged version and can assure that it is a great read! 

Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
51
Section 3
75
Section 4
101
Section 5
119
Section 6
153
Section 7
183
Section 8
201
Section 9
225
Section 10
235
Section 11
243
Section 12
251
Section 13
261
Section 14
265
Section 15
269
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Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. He has published twelve books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies in twelve languages and became the basis for the Kevin Spacey movie 21. Mezrich has also published the national bestsellers Sex on the Moon, Ugly Americans, Rigged, and Busting Vegas. He lives in Boston.

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