He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Social Studies from Harvard University in Some of his books have been written under the pseudonym Holden Scott. He is known for his non-fiction books. He lives in Boston. He has been married to Tonya M. Chen since
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I am absolutely stunned by the excursion I have just taken. From a club in Manhattan at three-thirty in the ungodly hours of the day, to Merrill Lynch floors the next day six months earlier , and a few weeks later we are at the Mercantile Stock Exchange in Chicago, and then in a dramatic twist of events to Dubai oh Dubai, a whole world where every place and culture on the continent is amply represented perhaps the Rigged: Ben Mezrich So six hours later — two sittings — I put down Rigged.
From a club in Manhattan at three-thirty in the ungodly hours of the day, to Merrill Lynch floors the next day six months earlier , and a few weeks later we are at the Mercantile Stock Exchange in Chicago, and then in a dramatic twist of events to Dubai oh Dubai, a whole world where every place and culture on the continent is amply represented — perhaps the weirdest place in the world , back the New York, then off to Europe — the UK, Switzerland — and then Beijing China , back to Chicago and off to Dubai again, to what becomes the climax of the book.
I have just travelled the world first class flying Emirates! The magic of reading! There is everything you may want in this book, whatever your age. Depending on what you are looking for: business, adventure, kick ass entrepreneurship ideas, futuristic thinking and development such as only Dubai can illustrate; meeting incredibly driven young people with larger than life ideas and enough grit to follow through on those crazy ideas until they become reality that translates into insane business outcomes.
You witness business meeting with political clout and will to change the world. Then there are the usual elements of speed, efficiency, perseverance, insecurity, deception, greed, sabotage, winning eventually and capitulation for the late adopters.
This is a fascinating story — stranger than fiction — where the unusual happens at every turn. It unravels in a tale of two young people from two unlikely worlds for partnership the West and Arabia who meet in the Emirates to hatch a truly game changing idea for a most improbable business venture in the most inconceivable environment: a stock exchange in a Sharia territory — smack in the heart of Arabia a sworn enemy of interest!
What more? How this idea even makes into formal boardrooms is the reason you must read this book and in the process find out how two young people: an Italian kid from the ghettos of Brooklyn who uses everything in the proverbial six inches between his ears to get into Oxford, Harvard Business School and then the world of money meets his counterpart — an orphan who grows under the tutelage and guardianship of a filthy rich uncle — a sheikh with his name to a multibillion business and an heir to one of the oldest Bedouin dynasties in the United Arab Emirates.
The contrasts do not with the backgrounds of poverty and opulence. The two kids hail from two camps naturally polarized by their most basic beliefs of life and cultural prejudices. One is from the West, the other from the East. One from want and another from excess. But once the two go-getters meet, a relationship is ignited that leverages everything they have acquired in their short lives — both are in their early twenties — and with unwaveringly laser focused visions manage to do the unthinkable with the support of the most unimaginable deal makers.
Each is inspired by his circumstances, a big hairy audacious goal and an idol in their respective camps. It is a great story of opportunities and those who do everything with their lives to capitalise on them. Did I mention that this more riveting as watching a Bond movie minus the gunshots, spinning flying cars and exploding planes — but flying cars and exquisite planes are there?
Did I also mention that, unlike a Bond movie, this is a true story? And this is the part that gets me thinking … is this story something that is only possible in America and Dubai?
Warren Buffet always insists that he cannot imagine what happened to him — wild success, the billions and all — happening anywhere else but in America. Jim Rohn turned the same idea into a verse or punch line.
I never really thought much about it until I read this book. What if they are right? Then I remember that billionaire Strive Masiyiwa yes! Forbes just confirmed him the first billionaire in Zimbabwe is neither American, nor did he make his money in America.
Both men now worth a lot and not a dollar swindled and not a cent inherited. So as I conclude this review, I am smiling from ear to ear as this idea just occurred to me this morning after finishing reading Rigged. My work involves lots of writing, creating learning solutions, coaching, practicing my public speaking and perpetual research to keep myself and my work relevant, but I am still able to read and finish a good book of pages in a day or two.
So I am thinking: an average secondary school student has a cool eight hours free outside school, chores and six to eight hours of sleep every weekday primary school students have more time and energy! Imagine a kid who reads that much books from standard five through to form 5 or 6! Food for thought — students and parents, alike!
And one last thing! These books are as entertaining as the movies we watch, but there is more in a non-fiction even fiction success story such as these, biographies and autobiographies when you read them from a book. If you have a big vocabulary, guess what happens to your seeing of opportunities and earning capacity?