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Ugly Americans: The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions

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Ugly Americans documents the "Wild East" of the mid-1990s, where young, brilliant, and hypercompetitive traders became "hedge fund cowboys," manipulating loopholes in an outdated and inefficient Asian financial system to rake in millions...
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Some truth
I have mixed feelings about this book but the overwhelming one is disappointment. Underneath, there is a tremendous story that begs, and needs, to be told, but unfortunately Mr Mezrich, for whatever reason

So the book in essence is a work of fiction based on factual data and thus in no way at all has any historical worth

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HysideTrading Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

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Amazing book
Learned more than i thought I would, Very entertaining and interesting book.

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ok
It was an ok read. The characters were sleazy and unrelatable, the dialogue was a dry and boring and the crimes were immoral yet lackluster. If you enjoy reading books about the victory of greed over reason and heart, this is your go to book.

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Fun, but not Ben Mezrich's best
I was a fan of Ben Mezrich's Bringing Down the House and Busting Vegas, so naturally I picked this up when I saw it on the shelf. I haven't read anything of his in a few years, but I believe I was a fan not only of his writing, but also of his stories. I enjoy non-fiction, so when a story is true, or at least mostly true, and makes a good novel, I'm generally a happy reader.

Ugly Americans is just that: an entertaining story based on true events. Perhaps it lacked depth, but I believe I was entertained, or at least drawn in, enough to finish the book, and I'm not the type that has to finish something just because I started. Hell, I'll take my losses and move on.

I'm debating whether to select "Yes, I would" recommend, or "No, I would not." I'm going to leave on "Yes," but there's better out there. Try his books about the MIT team taking Vegas. Maybe they don't pertain to your life, but they're good, fun books.

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Intresting book and an easy read!
Intresting book and an easy read!

The story is amped up in the previews, its not quite that exciting.

I found it a easy read, I recommend it to any one looking for a finance based book and want to be entertained.

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Skyler418 Vancouver, BC

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the ugly americans was ugly and poorly explained the story
i am almost done with this book, just a few more pages. but i was very disappointed with it. the book doesn't really tell the meat of the story. if it was about the cheating, the inside information, that might be more interesting. instead, it seems to be about the personal life of an assistant without really touching on the conflicts in his life. yeah, the conflicts are described but you don't see the changes or ironies or even what sets the conflicts in place.

i thought it was a complete waste of time to read. the only reason i'm going to finish the book is because i almost always finish books.

i'm tired of it already.

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A Good Read but no educational value
As usual, Ben wrote a great story about a person extraordinary adventure like the Rigged, This book is full of greed like the Tokyo undeground bar.. It is a good read but no educational value in it.

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Wow
This book tells a great story about the power of greed in the financial markets and how people can grab the bull by the horns for massive profits. The Asian market where ripe for the picking and this man feasted. A good read.

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Tommy_Kurtz Hickory Tree, NC

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Very political.
Ugly Americans is a story of extremes, charged with wealth, nerve, excess, and glamor. It struck me as a real-life mixture of Liar's Poker and Wall Street, brimming with intense action, romance, underground sex!!! (WHOOP WHOOP) , and exotic characters, Ugly Americans is the untold true story that rocked the financial community. And I love that they ripped the shit out of the Asians. WOW!

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