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“A gripping read….his yarns of successes, failures, and dangerous near-misses are thrilling.” Publishers Weekly
"This crackling good yarn about a high roller in the age of globalism will appeal to financial specialists and to general readers."
“… a rambunctious rollercoaster that dodges bullets and missiles, maneuvers around shady characters, and speeds through all sorts of danger…shines an unnerving light on the state of today’s economy.”
Conference Board Review
“…one of the best books I have read about what it has been like to do business in the crazy…international debt markets of the past 30 years. It's an immensely engaging and often exciting memoir... lessons are particularly germane to today's financial crisis…”
“Usually, the world of finance doesn’t yield memoirs that keep you turning the pages… Riches Among the Ruins is the true exception to the rule…great reading and insight to the way the real world operates.”
“Smith offers lessons relevant for U.S. investors seeking opportunity overseas…also shares his take on the importance of narrowing the gap between rich and poor; the U.S. role in the global economy; and an increasingly integrated world trade system.” -- Associated Press
"With his ear and eye for the telling detail, his vignettes have the stamp of authenticity and are often screamingly funny."-- Financial Post
“Wow! This is one fascinating book; it reads like an adventure story...Not only is it a terrific book, but Smith and Zheutlin are great teachers….Enjoy!” -- Life Insurance Selling
“… it’s great to read a book like this and live vicariously through some of these incredible stories.” -- 800 CEO-Read
“…a treasure trove of stories of profit and loss and of warnings of the on the ground reality of economic crisis.” -- Blog Business World
“…riveting adventure that takes you deep within the world of emerging market debt….we thoroughly enjoyed learning more through his roller coaster ride.” -- MarketFolly.com
The quality of the book was below the expected.
The guy who sold me the book left a killed bug on one of the pages. Never think of buying used book from some garbage people.
I have always been very interested in frontier markets but the author presents his experiences in such an enlightening way. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by eric12c
This is certainly not a typical investment book and for that alone, it's worth reading. I loved the story telling ability of the author and the underlying meaning of doing what you... Read morePublished on September 21, 2012 by Robert Kirk
This is an entertaining, eminently readable look at an arcane part of the sovereign debt world. Highly recommended for those looking for a good, fun read.Published on September 18, 2012 by rvarghese
This is a great read that takes you to many different parts of the world (El Salvador, Vietnam, Turkey, Guatemala, Panama, Nigeria, Russia, and Iraq). Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by Miroslav Krajnak
This ambitious middle-class boy from a Boston suburb sure got the wanderlust from the gift of a worldwide stamp collection as a child. Read morePublished on September 30, 2011 by Amazon Customer
There have been several, if not many, books published over the last decade about economic swashbuckling in the hinter lands. Some with a little hubris and some very educational. Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by James East
Robert Smith has achieved extraordinary financial success, and he shares his unique story in this book. Read morePublished on August 3, 2010 by chiplatt