By Ben Mezrich
Ben Mezrich, writer of the New York Times bestseller Bringing Down the House, returns with an brilliant tale of Ivy League hedge-fund cowboys, excessive stakes, and the Asian underworld.
Ugly Americans is the real tale of John Malcolm, a hungry younger Princeton grad who traveled midway world wide looking for the yankee dream and finally pulled off a exchange that may, comfortably, be defined because the greatest deal within the background of the monetary markets.
After receiving a mysterious mobile name promising him a shot at nice fortune in an unique land, Malcolm packed up his few assets and took the opportunity of a life-time. with out conversing a note of eastern, with slightly a penny in his pocket, Malcolm used to be thrown into the weird, adrenaline-fueled lifetime of an expat dealer. Surrounded by means of characters ripped correct out of a Hollywood mystery, he quick discovered find out how to live on in a cutthroat international -- on the ft of the most important gamers the markets have ever known.
Malcolm used to be first an assistant buying and selling large positions for Nick Leeson, the twenty-six-year-old rogue dealer who misplaced approximately billion money and taken down Barings financial institution -- the oldest in England. Then he used to be the right-hand guy to an enigmatic and marvelous hedge-fund cowboy named Dean Carney, and grew into one of many largest derivatives investors in all of Asia. alongside the best way, Malcolm fell in love with the daughter of a Yakuza gangster, outfitted an enormous fortune out of skinny air, and got here head-to-head with the violent eastern mobsters who helped flip the Asian markets into the turbulent on line casino it's today.
Malcolm and his twentysomething, Ivy League-schooled colleagues, with their warped feel of morality and percentage, created their very own monetary conception: Arbitrage with a conflict awl. They rode the crashing waves of the Asian markets in the course of the mid- to past due Nineties, culminating in one deal the likes of which had by no means been visible earlier than -- or since.
A real-life mix of Liar's Poker and Wall Street, brimming with severe motion, romance, underground intercourse, shiny locales, and unique characters, Ugly Americans is the untold, actual tale that might rock the monetary group and redefine an period.
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That’s the basic idea. But it gets a bit more complex over here. ” He ﬁnally pulled his hands free from the cabinet. He was holding Ugly Americans | 47 a small leather case, about the size of a hardcover book. The leather was old and worn, scuffed so deeply in some places that Malcolm could see aged wood beneath. Akari opened it carefully, as if it might come apart in his hands. Malcolm saw that the interior of the case was lined in green felt, and had little wooden alleys for chips and dice. Akari placed it on the seat next to him, then retrieved a wooden dice cup from inside one of the alleys and emptied its contents into his hand.
I’d always believed you could tell a lot about a culture from its toi- 52 | Ben Mezrich lets. In Europe, the toilets were little more than holes in the ground, symbols of a continent mired deeply in the past. In America, there were sturdy white bowls with masculine, military-industrial ﬂushing power. No frills or frosting, pure utility. Here, in Tokyo, the toilets were magniﬁcent constructs of advanced technology. It was a society moving quickly into the future, as impersonal and whisper silent as that future might be.
He ran his hand across the soft leather seat. He wondered if he’d ever get used to things like this— ﬂying ﬁrst class, traveling in limos. He doubted either of his parents had ever been in a car like this. “Osaka is nothing like Tokyo,” Akari responded. “Tokyo is the Japanese New York. Cosmopolitan, sophisticated, an upscale madhouse built around excess and success. Osaka is rough and tumble. The people here are more down to earth, but there’s also an edge to them. Osaka is a countryside city, but it’s also a city built around commerce.