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

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

by Ben Mezrich
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Ugly Americans 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe there's a good story here to be told, unfortunately Mr. Mezrich is not up to the task. His writing is sophomoric at best and filled with tired old cliches. His major interest seems to be the Japanese sex trade and not in true story and character development. I was taken in by the book cover reviews which I believe were vastly overblown and over rated.
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I actually liked this better than amy of Ben's other books.
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Dr_Wilson_Trivino More than 1 year ago
In the hey days of the Internet boom, no place better to move than east, no, not silicon valley, but far east to Japan. There John Malcolm, an ambitious young man seeks his fortune in the gold rush of the new millennium. He finds fast cars, seductive women, and a culture that beneath the bowing formalities lives a raw explosive surge. In Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions by Ben Mezrich you will find a wild adventurous true tale of the high and lows of the sparkles from the flat screens measuring the wave of the markets. This book is fast and furious and will leave you on edge. The journey begins within the vivid descriptions of the harassment clubs where the flirtation with the outer limits of sexual ecstasy titillates the imagination. Mezrich masterfully weaves the fine line within the gray area of right and wrong all the while guided by the rules of Carney. Fun and inviting Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions by Ben Mezrich is a joyous ride.
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I was immediately drawn into this tale about Ivy League grads who traveled to Japan in the early- to mid-1990s to make staggering sums of money from the inefficiencies of the Asian markets. The story is thoroughly-researched and well-told, without becoming too technical for those without advanced financial backgrounds. The pacing was a bit slow at the beginning, but the last 70 pages flew by. It was a bit disconcerting to read in the introduction how much information had been changed to protect the identities of the sources, ultimately casting doubt on the legitimacy of the tale (especially in light of all the authors and journalists in the past few years who have admitted to falsifying information to effect suspense and drama). But even if it was complete fiction, it was a stirring story, with oddball expat characters and a sympathetic protagonist who is determined to make millions but refuses to cast aside his principles (well, some of them anyway).