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Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

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A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption.

Bill Browder's journey started on the South Side of Chicago and moved through Stanford Business School to the dog-eat-dog world of hedge fund investing in the 1990s. It continued
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Simon Schuster
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Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
3 1/2 stars. I listened to the audio of Red Notice. It was fascinating and I have no regrets about listening to it, but there were a few things that grated on me enough to knock off a 1/2 star from what would otherwise have been a solid 4 stars. In Red Notice, Bill Browder recounts his involvement in the world of high finance in Russia, events which ultimately led to the arrest, torture and death of one of his lawyers, and which transformed Browder from manager of a multi billion dollar investme ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Born into a left-wing family in America, Bill Browder attended a boarding school where he became quite rebellious and very unsettled. Not happy with his home life he made the decision to become a capitalist knowing that it would surely upset his parents. However, once he settled down with his studies he was soon accepted into Standford University and on his way to becoming everything he ever wanted to be. By becoming the largest foreign investor in Russia running his own investment firm, he went ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Now this is an explosive, revealing and shocking read that had my complete attention from page one. Bill Browder's account reads like a thriller but its non fiction and is compelling reading for anyone interested in reading about High Finance, Murder and one man's fight for justice in modern Russia.
November 2009 an emancipated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bedrail and beaten to death by eight police officers.
H Wesselius
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
An interesting and entertaining read. Only marred by the self righteous tone of an author. Browder can't see beyond his own perspective. After cleaning out Russia by purchasing underpriced stock and turning it around for a quick profit. Once he achieved his millions he suddenly found a conscience. My sympathy lies with the Russian activists and people who've been wronged by both the oligarchs and the western businessman. ...more
Red Notice is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve read in a long time. I could not put it down. It is fast paced, riveting, suspenseful, and a powerful indictment of the authoritarian regime that is in power today in Russia. And it is also an autobiography.

Bill Browder writes about his early years as the grandson of the leader of the American Communist Party. His mother, father, and brother were all driven to excel in their professions and in school. Bill, on the other hand, was a “goof off”.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, memoirs, 2017
I wish "Red Notice" were a more straightforward nonfiction account rather than the the first-person memoir of Bill Browder that it is. I found the story in the last half of the book compelling and heartbreaking, and I wanted to go deeper into the lives and backgrounds of the other characters beyond Browder - Magnitsky's family, Vadim, Vladimir, Senator Cardin, the Russian officials, other Russian activists, etc. - but was instead confined to this more narrow view. Along those lines, I also wish ...more
Geza Tatrallyay
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent true account of the author's ups and downs as an investor in Putin's Russia. Along the way, he encounters brazen acts of embezzlement, theft and even murder by this lawless kleptocracy, losing his friend and lawyer Sergei Magnitsky to the agents of the 'rogue' state. A well-written gripping account; I could not put it down! ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: world
I don't have time to review this book properly. In a nutshell, I was fascinated by the first half of it - all about the author learning to become a hedge fund manager, and his experiences in Russia and the highs and the lows of that experience. These included him getting immensely tangled in the often corrupt jungle that is the Russian business world, taking on some of the oligarchs, and some of the major companies on the Russian scene, like Gazprom. At first Putin welcomed his interventions, bu ...more
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a complete surprise to me. I thought that perhaps it would be dry, or more likely over my head because I know so little about the world of finance. Fortunately, my fears proved unfounded; the book was very approachable and entertaining.

There are two parts to the author's story, both of which are equally involving but in different ways. The first 150 pp or so outline how Browder developed his business in Russia and he details his stunning wins and losses in a disarmingly honest and
L.A. Starks
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This stunningly good book is authored by a world-class trader who, when he loses a friend to imprisonment, torture, and death from Putin's regime, goes all-out--slowly, deliberately--to avenge his friend. The trader is Bill Browder, the friend is Sergei Magnitsky, and the story is a true one. This makes the book more compelling than even the best fictional thriller. Putin's lack of conscience is no act, yet Browder describes a president and a now-secretary of state who naively want to pursue a r ...more
Kate The Book Addict
May 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
If you want to know what the heroes of Ukrainians are up against day after day and what Putin and the corrupt Russian government and suffering daily lifestyle of the Russians are subject to, read this book. It’s very timely and instructional with Putin wrongfully invading Ukraine on a very personal level of truth and hardships. Author Bill Browder breaks his very complicated story down into very digestible parts leaving the very well-written intrigue intact. There’s more than one time I found my ...more
Bill Browder has a fascinating tale to tell, of his family background as the grandson of a noted Communist, of his math-whiz father and mother, of his physicist brother. He was the black sheep of the family…until he became a billionaire in his thirties by investing in undervalued Russian oil stocks. His first foray into Russia, to advise the Murmansk Trawler Fleet on privatization, must go down in the annals as a classic of West meets East. The whole story of Browder’s rise to wealth, with its m ...more
Aug 12, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, politics
Putin's Russia is scary shit, mang.

This story is a banger, full of corrupt government officials, brutal thugs, the theft of hundreds of millions of dollars, and the unjust capture and torture of a wholly innocent man in a filthy Russian prison.

Bill Browder fights back against all this nonsense, and he's one of the few people (pre-Ukraine) to successfully kick Putin where it counts. For that, he has my respect.

But I was so irritated by the narrative "technique" in this book. Each page feels mo
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Hard book to read! Bill Browder is the ultimate intrepid person. There are more details in his mind within an hour- then most people seem to use within a month. No, more than 2 months. And you hear them all here. For years, and years of travel, inquiry, investing, association for knowledge.

He tells his true life experiences from the personal to the business, in immense detail. How he starts working as an investor. How he is "fired". How he is rehired. How he quits and starts his own business. Wh
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio-history
I was vaguely aware of this story as it related to Putin and his ban of U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans back in 2012 but never really knew the details.

The title does a very good job of breaking down the arc of the book with the first section concentrating on Browder, his schooling and how he ended up in Russia. The most fascinating part was discovering that Browder's grandfather was the leader of the American Communist Party and ran for president on the communist ticket in 1936 and 1940. Both
Bill Browder has made a name for himself for two reasons: he's made lots of money based on the buying and selling of Russian company voucher stock and he was the main force behind the Magnitsky Act. passed in 2012 against human rights violators in Russia.

Some things about Browder
- he renounced his US citizenship in 1998 because he did not want to pay foreign taxes
- he found and made money on undervalued Russian stock
- he uncovered serious corruption within the Russian government: corporate owner
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
It’s 2017 and we all are looking forward to seeing how “the art of the deal” as practiced by our new president works out. How often will it be involving his friend in Russia? What better time to read Bill Browder’s page turner about his years deal-making in Russia and how he barely escaped being tucked away in some Siberian gulag.

Browder recounts how he came to the financial world and how he became an expert in privatization of state-run companies in Eastern Europe and Russia. He has an excelle
Melania 🍒
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction

It was a wild ride reading this. For the first 40% I wanted to DNF it at every half an hour; and that’s mainly because I didn’t like Bill too much and I didn’t care for the writing style .What kept me going were the always interesting insides into the trading world. But then the sh!t hit the fan and super interesting things started to happen.

I cried for minutes while listening to this book (and I rarely do so) while gaining a deep respect for Bill. He’s definitely his grandparents’ grandchi
Aug 30, 2022 rated it really liked it
The world of finances is not my world, however, Bill Brower knows how to engage readers like myself. This non-fiction is an honest account of an ambitious young American who wanted to confront his family history, rather complicated, but who unwillingly became one of the few men whose names are constantly on the dictator's mind.
The book reads like a thriller but it is not fiction, the events really took place and the second part, telling the circumstances of Mr Magnitsky's arrest and death are m
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia
Wow. This memoir is a heartstopping international thriller about bravery and naivete, corruption and politics, criminality and justice--written by Bill Browder, head of an investment fund who noted the undervaluation of stocks in the newly privatized Russian market and plunged in. He and his investors made hundredfold returns on their investments--but Russia was not any country, and the size of the returns had something to do with the way business is done there, which Browder would eventually le ...more
Giveaway Win!

4.5 Stars!

Russia has been in the news a lot for the last couple of years(in the US anyway) for various reasons. A couple years ago they may have helped a certain orange man become President and they are currently committing genocide against the Ukrainian people. Basically anytime you hear about Russia its never for good reasons.

In Red Notice, Bill Browder shows us that Russia has been up to no good for YEARS. Bill Browder was a Wall Street maverick who set out in the early 1990's
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story itself is very good, the problem here is the telling of that story.

From the very little I know of Bill Browder he seems like a good guy, very bright, excellent businessman, principled, brave, loyal, gives very good interviews, but not a talented writer. (There’s a very good 60 Minutes segment on the story along with several YouTube videos produced by Bill Browder that are worth seeing.) If this book had been written by a professional writer uninvolved with the events of the book it wou
Andrew Robins
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bill Browder, relatively early in his career, moves to Russia, to run a hedge fund investing mostly in recently "privatised" (in quote marks for a reason, as there isn't much similarity with our western understanding of that process) state industries.

I'll be totally honest and say that, initially, I found myself worrying that this book was actually going to be an extended criticism of wrongdoing by those who profited from the truly unforgiveable privatisation process in Russia, by someone who wa
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
If you haven't been paying attention to Putin's systematic intimidation and not infrequent execution of his opponents, this book will make you sit up and take notice. It is a page-turner of a non-fiction book that reads like a fast-paced novel. It is also an interesting primer about how privatization of state industries was massively bolloxed up in the Yeltsin era, resulting in the current government-by-oligarchs with Putin as the master of all. But mostly, it explains how Russia is today under ...more
Brad Feld
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
In the past 24 hours I’ve read a must read. Bill Browder’s Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It reads like a John le Carré novel, except it is non-fiction. It starts out as the autobiography of Bill Browder and his creation of a massively successful hedge fund (Hermitage Capital Management) that was one of the first non-Russian investors in Russia in the mid to late 1990s. It then shifted into an incred ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a riveting story of greed and corruption in Putin's Russia. Bill Browder's story began in the late 90's when he went to Russia to take advantage of the undervalued stock of companies that had just gone private. After making millions for his hedge fund company (greed here, too), he pulled his money out of Russia. This is when the fallout began.

Browder exposed the criminal activity of Putin and the Russian oligarchs and retaliatory measures were taken. Lies, torture and the death of an inn
Alan Teder
Prequel to Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin's Wrath (2022)
Review of the Simon & Schuster hardcover edition (February, 2015)
It didn't make any financial sense.
Then I remembered why he would do this: because it is the Russian thing to do.
There’s a famous Russian proverb about this type of behavior. One day, a poor villager happens upon a magic talking fish that is ready to grant him a single wish. Overjoyed, the villager weighs his options: “Ma
Michael Perkins
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
"Markets require the rule of law, which was the most demanding aspect of the post-Soviet transformations. Americans, taking the rule of law for granted, could fantasize that markets would create the necessary institutions. This was an error."

-The Road to Unfreedom, Timothy Snyder


Browder is just another American who didn't get it.

Some reviewer suggested that this story would have worked much better in the hands of Michael Lewis. I completely agree. I really grew tired of the author as
Doug Cornelius
Russian corruption from a financial and personal view

There is a great story in here. Clearly, Mr. Browder has encountered the financial highs and corruption lows of Russia as the country emerged from communism to the capitalist dream of privatization and dropped into the abyss of a totalitarian oligarchy.

As gifted as Mr. Browser is as a humanitarian and financier, it's nearly impossible to write an enjoyable autobiography. It's too personal and too biased. I kept imagining how Michael Lewis or
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True story of the first investor in grossly undervalued Russian companies, who makes enormous returns for himself and his partners, but antagonized Russian oligarchs without much thought about the risks to himself, his family, his employees and agents. Then, the unthinkable happens, and Bill Browder has a new mission: justice and retribution. Non-fiction that seems too incredible to be true.
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Bill Browder, founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was the largest foreign investor in Russia until 2005. Since 2009, when his lawyer Sergei Magnitsky was murdered in prison after uncovering a $230 million fraud committed by Russian government officials, Browder has been leading a campaign to expose Russia’s endemic corruption and human rights abuses. Before founding Hermitage, Browder ...more

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