Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions
Ugly Americans is the true story of John Malcolm, a hungry young Princeton grad who traveled halfway around the world in search of the American dream and ultimately pulled off a trade that c...more
I really enjoyed t...more
The MIT blackjack books got me started with this author, but Ugly Americans and Rigged The True Story of an Ivy League Grad's Wild Adventures from Wall Street to Dubai were even more engrossing.
From what I've read, a nu...more
Interesting book, perfect to eat up time on that flight to Japan.
Worthwhile and surely of interest to those intersted in Asia, finance, a blend of historical personalities included in the story, seedy side of Osaka and a heaping spponful of the yakuza (Japanese mob) thrown in.
Ugly Americans, written by Ben Mezrich and published by Morrow, is a non-fiction excursion into the life of American expatriates buying up stock in Japan, told from the point-of-view of John Malcolm, former college football star gone stockbroker. When John first finds himself in Japan, after his Ivy League All-Star football team romps the Japanese players, he meets Dean Carney, a mysterious savant in the world of high-finance...more
Depending on your level of credulity, you may have trouble taking the subtitle of Ugly Americans seriously. Whether the story of Mezrich's Ivy League cowboys and their influence on the Asian stock market collapse is entirely true is something only he knows
The characters, true to the title, are repulsive. Reading this book, one can see the greed and recklessness...more
The story is supposed to be a true recreation, although the coincidences are just...more
[potential spoiler] Also, it could have used a little more research. At the end, the author mentions a few rumors about what happened to one of the main characters. Really? You are an author and you can't actually do the research/journalism to find out what happened to the guy?
It wasn't so much about the writing as the true story of these young, impressionable, filthy rich boys who were immersed into a culture they could hardly grasp.
If you have any interest in the stock exchange, I suggest this book.
I did not really understand all of the technical lingo that went along with th...more
Mezrich never disappoints. He has this uncanny ability to find the most interesting and compelling subjects and people. This book sucks you in to the criminal underbelly of the Japanese yakuza and various business dealings with young Americans. He, Mezrich that is, is a literary genius. He introduces the everyday person to fascinating worlds of intrigue and keeps you wanting more and more and more.
The book is based on a true story, and is about an American kid--alias John Malcolm--who goes to Japan to work for a hedge fund. Malcolm ends up making millions while living the fast driving, high-flying moneyed, sexed-up lifestyle of rich ex-pats in Japan.
The story is compelling, but not particularly enriching. It's a so...more