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"Often described as the last frontier of true capitalism, the storied history of the Chicago futures exchanges added yet another incredible chapter in July of 2007. The purchase of the Chicago Board of Trade by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange represented what many viewed as a crowning achievement to an industry born in the Windy City in 1848. Zero-Sum Game lets the reader get to know ...
"Often described as the last frontier of true capitalism, the storied history of the Chicago futures exchanges added yet another incredible chapter in July of 2007. The purchase of the Chicago Board of Trade by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange represented what many viewed as a crowning achievement to an industry born in the Windy City in 1848. Zero-Sum Game lets the reader get to know the colorful players and complex horse-trading that officially sent "the Hatfields and the McCoys" to the altar of a successful corporate marriage."
—RICK SANTELLI, on-air editor, CNBC; former member of CME and CBOT
"Commodities are second only to foreign exchange in the financial markets. They are now becoming more accessible to the public and will be more important than stocks in the future. Zero-Sum Game will help you understand the scene."
—JIM ROGERS, author of A Gift to My Children
"Zero-Sum Game is a positive-sum read. Olson provides an engaging tour of the workings of our largest derivatives exchanges, as well as the economics, strategies, and drama of an intense acquisition contest."
—STEVEN N. KAPLAN, Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
"What a fun read! Olson does a great job of bringing the characters and institutions to life throughout."
—HARRIS C. BRUMFIELD, CEO, Trading Technologies
"Olson's inside account offers a fascinating and unique lens that escapes most written reports in the M&A world. Wise professionals will want to read this book long before they learn their company is an acquisition target."
—MAX H. BAZERMAN, Straus Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; co-author of Negotiation Genius
"Olson just painted the Sistine Chapel of LaSalle Street. Zero-Sum Game is a page-turning jolt of electricity! Full of intrigue mixed with easy-to-understand facts—the perfect story to keep readers up all night."
—CRAIG T. BOUCHARD, co-founder, Esmark; co-author of America for Sale
"Zero-Sum Game provides a ringside seat for one of the most entertaining, memorable, and—more often than not—humorous multibillion-dollar battles in recent history."
—PETER L. BRIGER JR., Co-Chairman, Fortress Investment Group
"A vivid and engaging account of one of the most important deals of the last decade."
—GUHAN SUBRAMANIAN, Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business, Harvard Law School; Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law, Harvard Business School
Cast of Characters
Chapter 1 Welcome to the Jungle 1
Chapter 2 Into the Groove 17
Chapter 3 This Is How We Do It 30
Chapter 4 Dont't Speak 46
Chapter 5 Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 58
Chapter 6 Dirty Laundry 74
Chapter 7 Under Pressure 88
Chapter 8 ICE ICE Baby 102
Chapter 9 War 117
Chapter 10 Suspicious Minds 132
Chapter 11 Land of Confusion 147
Chapter 12 Fight for Your Right 161
Chapter 13 Down Under 177
Chapter 14 Take the Money and Run 192
About the Author 247