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Rigged: The True Story of an Ivy League Kid Who Changed the World of Oil, from Wall Street to Dubai (P.S.) Paperback – Bargain Price, August 12, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: P.S.
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061252735
  • ASIN: B003A02X98
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


'A taut thriller ... fast, funny and mean' Bloomberg Praise for BREAKING VEGAS: 'A very enjoyable read that makes you feel like you're right there in Vegas playing along. Semyon's story is a fascinating, true-life adventure' Kevin Spacey 'Glamorous, exciting and true, it's a tale to send the Ocean's Eleven back to bussing tables for tips.' Arena Praise for BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE: 'An extraordinary story... a book that will surely become a classic of its genre' Sunday Express --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991. Since then he has published twelve books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies in twelve languages and became the basis for the Kevin Spacey movie 21. Mezrich has also published the national bestsellers Sex on the Moon, Ugly Americans, Rigged, and Busting Vegas. He lives in Boston.

More About the Author

I'm the author of nine books, at the moment, including Bringing Down The House, The True Story of Six MIT kids Who Took Vegas- which sort of made me a vegas expert. I live in Boston with my fiance and pug, Bugsy.

Customer Reviews

I guess what really blows me away is how the book never gets a hold of your attention.
Kid quits job.....And no he didn't change the world from Wall Street to Dubai nor did he rig anything apparently!!
Craig Smugar
This book reads like a fast-paced novel and not like the non-fiction it purports to be.
Jerry Sanchez

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By William Makeul on August 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book hoping it might be something on the order of "Liars Poker" or "Barbarians at the Gates" or "The Pay Pal Wars," books that imparted huge amounts of information about the businesses that they covered. Boy, was I ever disappointed.

Mezrich's characters are suitable for comic books, the business concepts he imparts are perhaps the level that would be explained to fourth-graders on a field trip, and the plot is close to non-existent. I'd say his writing is boring but it seldom rises to that level.

I trade futures and FOREX, so I know a bit about markets and finance. Most of the narrative-type business books I have read give me at least one or two important pieces of information about the business itself. What Mezrich imparts about the Merc can be put into a one-page pamphlet.

I was most of the way through this piece of dreck when I realized what the point of this book was-- Mezrich is hoping to land a movie script. He tried to write it simple and shallow enough for Hollywood mogels to understand, and he tried to incorporate glitz and money and sex.

Save your money, save your time-- skip this book. Mr. C.S.
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82 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Ian Kaplan VINE VOICE on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I first encountered Ben Mezrich when I read his book "Bringing Down the House" about a team of MIT blackjack card counters. The book was weak, but I put this down to the fact that the author was a fiction writer and this was his first work of journalism. Unfortunately, Mr. Mezrich's feel for journalism has not improved since then. In fact, I think that it's safe to say that journalism or even a good term paper is beyond Mr. Mezrich.

One of the most staggering weaknesses of "Rigged" is that Mr. Mezrich seems to know nothing about modern markets and computer driven trading. What passes for his journalism seems to be nothing more than interviews with a few people, which he then embellishes to the point where I would not believe anything I read in his books. Mezrich does very little research and does not interview the range of people that would add any depth to his books. He is, in effect, writing a "non-fiction" novel.

The best part of Mezrich's books is his description of the New York Merc. floor traders. Mezrich seems to understand on some level that these "Meatheads" are vestiges of a rapidly fading trading era. Apparently Mezrich has never visited any of the equally huge trading floors run by large companies that trade even larger volumns via computer. There he would have seen huge networks of computer systems and staffed by highly intelligent traders. Mezrich does not even seem to have any idea that something like computer model driven trading exists.

Computer driven trading is what drives markets now. The topic of the book is the construction of an oil trading center in Daubi.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Daily VINE VOICE on January 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Hardly. This book was a chore. There was no excitement in this book whatsoever. I had to force myself to finish it. I wanted to double slap the main character more than once for being such a milquetoast. I kept waiting for the intrigue. Well, if that's what your after, don't bother buying this book, because there is none. This book is a terrible failure on Mezrich's part.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wow . . . what agendas do the negative reviewers have?

To be sure, I did take away a star because it does look like this book was written/edited in too much of a hurry. A bit more TLC with the language would definitely have helped. But come on folks, the piling on is a bit much.

First off, this book in not presented as literal history. The author is very clear, up front, that time periods have been compressed and composite characters created to allow real-life individuals to remain anonymous.

As to the author failing to appreciate the shift to and impact of automated trading, what are those reviewers talking about. That shift, in progress at the time of the events, is one of the prime setups for and drivers of the story line.

Some reviewers were downright cruel in bashing the scene where Russo's mother faints a the thought of her son making a business trip to Dubai. I have no idea whether or not the real-life mother did faint. But toe fictional mother could have considering that her husband was trapped in one of the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11 when the attacks occurred and saw it all from the inside. Considering that, and the very very real emotional reactions in NY afterward -- and the major political flap when it turned out that a Dubai-based company was managing NY ports (I believe the contract was taken away), and the short time that elapsed between 9/11 and the events of this story), the fainting thing, while probably not the greatest literary device ever, is hardly as dreadful as some reviewers suggest.

Bottom line: This is not a perfect book, but many of the negative reviews here are needlessly and often-erroneously cruel. It makes me wonder if there are side agendas we don't know about (displaced floor traders?).
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