The Asylum: The Renegades Who Hijacked the World's Oil Market

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Harper Collins, Feb 15, 2011 - Business & Economics - 432 pages
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The Asylum is a stunning exposť by a seasoned Wall Street journalist that once and for all reveals the truth behind America’s oil addiction in all its unscripted and dysfunctional glory.

In the tradition of Too Big to Fail and Liar’s 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 York’s stuffy financial establishment, overcame more than a century of failure, infighting, and brinksmanship to build the world’s reigning oil empire—entirely by accident.

 

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Contents

The Hazing
1
The Gamble
9
Welcome to the Asylum
11
The Boy Who Would Be King
32
From Wastrels to Wildcatters
54
Deus ExMachina
77
The Great Equalizer
96
Black Fortune
115
The Anatomy of the Takedown
172
Dark Days
199
The Beauty of the SelfRegulatory Organization
224
Raids Maids and Civil War
251
Age of Excess
273
Blood for Victory
298
The Man Who Traded 100 Oil
322
Meltdown
338

The Rise of Zoltan
117
The God Complex and Other Minor Foibles
136
The Futility of the Polygraph
154
The Edict of Noah Sweat
366
Glossary
380
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An award-winning investigative journalist, Leah McGrath Goodman has written for Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, and Barron's in New York and London. A member of The London Speaker Bureau and writer-at-large for Institutional Investor, she splits her time between New York, the U.K., and her home in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she is a contributor for The Commons.

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