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"It's said you're supposed to buy when blood is running in the streets. Marshall has put the theory into practice. This book is a great front line view of what's really going on in the most important country in the Muslim world."
-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
About the Author
Marshall L. Stocker is an American adventure capitalist. He has shared his research and experiences with a range of audiences, from readers of the New York Times to Iranian and Yemeni policy leaders. After managing emerging and frontier market investments from New York and Boston, he moved to Cairo, Egypt. There he led the first foreign direct investment group organized to redevelop urban real estate. 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. After living through the Egyptian uprising, Mr. Stocker currently works as a global macro equity strategist and portfolio manager in Boston.
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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.
I agree with the author that countries should move from central planning to free markets to improve living standards for everyone. Therefore, I appreciated the well-thought-out ways in which the author argued this.
And, I believe American businesspeople preparing to do business in the more chaotic parts of the world are wise to read-up on the experiences of others who have already done that.
I highly recommend this book!
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"