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Don't Stand Under a Tree When It Rains Paperback – June 23, 2013
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-Doug Casey, author of New York Times #1 bestseller Crisis Investing
"Marshall Stocker reveals what headlines and sound bites do not, a captivating account of a Westerner's life in the Middle East. Readers will cheer, laugh, and wince as Marshall learns to navigate through all levels of Arab society, from street vendor to government leader. Don't Stand Under a Tree When It Rains is essential reading for any anyone aspiring to an accurate understanding of doing business in the Middle East."
-David M. Beasley, Governor of South Carolina, 1995-1999
"Endlessly entertaining and incredibly informative, Don't Stand Under a Tree When It Rains offers a front-row seat to the cataclysmic political, economic, and social upheaval in Egypt and is truly a must-read for anyone seeking genuine understanding of a changing Egypt. Stocker offers in-depth analysis and profound insight into this critically important country at a critically important moment in its history, all in the context of his fascinating story of daily life and the extraordinary characters of Egypt."
-Aaron DeLong, former Economic Officer, U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt
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Stocker has opined or been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Regulation Magazine. His seminal research "Equity Returns and Economic Freedom" was published in the Cato Institute's Cato Journal and has been cited by numerous other academic papers. In his most recent written work, "Don't Stand Under a Tree When It Rains", he shares his perspective on life and business during the three years he lived in Egypt amidst the Arab spring.
Stocker earned both a B.S. in engineering and a MBA from Cornell University, where he was awarded the Park Leadership Fellowship. He is also a graduate of Culver Military Academy. Mr. Stocker currently works as a global macro equity strategist and portfolio manager in Boston.
Top Customer Reviews
'So write a book,' I told him, 'and then when you've sold a million copies and it has done much better than mine you have to take me out to dinner.'
Marshall trying to do business in Cairo — part 'Our Man in Havana', part Normal Lewis trying to figure out the Mafia in 'Naples '44' — is a tale of unintended hilarity shot through with insight and macro economics. It reminds us who keep trying to do journalism, that the best stories are the ones which you inhabit, or which simply happen to you, not the ones you interview. This is not a nose-pressed-against-the-glass account of the Arab Spring, but an inside account of an American trying to business in the middle of a revolution.
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This book was perfect for me on several levels. The business and political insight about Egypt is useful because I am involved in "developing country" investments. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John
An amazing book that offers an insightful view into a culture that is remarkably different from the United States. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jeffrey Natividad
Brilliant novel from an adventurous investor cum polo player with a mission: revolutionizing the Egyptian rent-controlled real estate market. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Karel
Marshall intertwines economic analysis and compelling personal narrative. His central thesis, highlighting the difficulties getting business done in contemporary Cairo, rings more... Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by John K B Harris