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

Paperback | April 26, 2005

byBen Mezrich

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Ben Mezrich, author of the New York Times bestseller Bringing Down the House, returns with an astonishing story of Ivy League hedge-fund cowboys, high stakes, and the Asian underworld.

John Malcolm was the ultimate gunslinger in the Wild East, prepared to take on any level of risk in making mind-boggling sums of money. He and his friends were hedge-fund cowboys, living life on the adrenaline-, sex-, and drugs-fueled edge—kids running billion-dollar portfolios, trading information in the back rooms of high-class brothels and at VIP tables in nightclubs across the Far East.

Malcolm and his Ivy League-schooled twenty-something colleagues, with their warped sense of morality, created their own economic theory that would culminate in a single deal the likes of which had never been seen before—or since.

Ugly Americans is a story of extremes, charged with wealth, nerve, excess, and glamour. A real-life mixture of Liar's Poker and Wall Street, brimming with intense action, romance, underground sex, vivid locales, and exotic characters, Ugly Americans is the untold true story that rocked the financial community.

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Ben Mezrich, author of the New York Times bestseller Bringing Down the House, returns with an astonishing story of Ivy League hedge-fund cowboys, high stakes, and the Asian underworld.John Malcolm was the ultimate gunslinger in the Wild East, prepared to take on any level of risk in making mind-boggling sums of money. He and his friend...

Ben Mezrich has published ten books, including the New York Times bestseller Bringing Down the House (now a Sony picture starring Kevin Spacey). He is a columnist for Boston Common and a contributor for Flush magazine (London). He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:April 26, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060575018

ISBN - 13:9780060575014

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

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting page by page A book about new graduates from Ivy league schools who saw and opportunity and took it, in the world of financial markets playing with high stakes, Yakuza involvement, and the underworld of Japan's red light district. After the first 2 chapters, I could not put this book down. The author's style writing this book keeps the reader wanting to learn more of what happens next to the character, how he got involved, what his next step was etc.... Overall a very interesting story on how John Malcom (main character) came from rags to riches and how he fell into the career of a trader. Keeps that the hopes and dreams of new grads that one day that could be us, minus the mafia involvement.
Date published: 2007-11-04

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“A high-octane passion play pitting a young man’s ambition against his sense of humanity.”