Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai

Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai

by Ben Mezrich
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Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai by Ben Mezrich

From the author who brought you the massive NY 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 asylum-like 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 garbage men become millionaires overnight, where fistfights break out on the trading floor and men have been known bring prostitutes as dates to company dinners.

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, he 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061252730
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/12/2008
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 654,145
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ben Mezrich has published nine books, including the New York Times Bestseller Bringing Down The House (set to be a Sony picture March 2008 starring Kevin Spacey). He is a columnist for Stuff Magazine, Boston Common and a contributor for Flush magazinee (UK). He lives in Boston, MA.

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Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Hector7478 More than 1 year ago
I finished the book quickly, but it lacked substance. It just felt far fetched and all the pieces of the puzzle fit just perfectly, which is unrealistic if in fact it's a true story. 
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Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
Black gold, Texas Tea, the ingredients of Beverly Hillbillies is what makes the world go 'round in a rush of trading commodities of the West. Not to be left out in the roaring 2000s where the Middle East paradise of Dubai where Oil is king and everything is newer than new. In Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, From Wall Street to Dubai by Ben Mezrich, the author takes you into a front row seat on how David Russo, a brash Italian-American kid from Brooklyn takes on the Merc Exchange and leads them to unforeseen riches. In a novel fast moving style, Mezrich takes the reader on a wild ride of unforeseen highs and lows and the inner sanctum of the free market. In vivid detail it delves into the magic of Dubai a world of excess that mingles the best talent and risk takers in the quest for unforeseen treasures. Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, From Wall Street to Dubai is a fascinating true life story of how ambition, greed, and power interlock in the fast pace commodity trading world.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was pretty interesting and easy to read. I like the author's writing style have enjoyed all the non-fiction, and especially Bringing dow the house.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 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 :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
The subject matter of this book is fascinating yet I feel like I got a fairy tale version of the story. You never get into the meat of the events that unfold. Perhaps the author was respecting the wishes of his source but the result is a sanitized book that lacks any real intensity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It really brought an interest in futures trading and the middle east.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most. Erotic. Finance. Narrative. Ever. Oil is fantastic.