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The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich Hardcover – Oct 13 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312570740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312570743
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 3 x 24.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“It's a psychological thriller, each page percolating with the triumphant darkness that is Marc David Rich.” ―Bloomberg News

“An empathetic look at the notorious Marc Rich, one of the most successful and controversial commodities traders in recent history and a key figure in the invention of the spot market. With unparalleled access to Rich, his family and associates, business journalist Ammann paints a nuanced portrait of the man vilified for trading with Iran and apartheid-era South Africa, accused of being the biggest tax fraudster in U.S. history and recipient of an infamous presidential pardon. This meticulous account sets the record straight on a reluctant public figure who lost in the court of public opinion, but escaped being tried in a court of law.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Is Rich a rogue or a philanthropic businessman? Ammann lets readers draw their own conclusion. This book reads like a cross between a rags-to-riches saga and a cloak-and-dagger thriller, but it's also an excellent and timely primer on the world of commodities trading within a global economy and will greatly appeal to readers interested in current events.” ―Library Journal

About the Author

DANIEL AMMANN is business editor of the highly regarded Swiss weekly "Die Weltwoche". He was educated at Zurich University, UC Berkeley and Fondation Postuniversitaire Internationale in Paris. In 2007 he won the Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Business Journalism.

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If you are at all fascinated by oil, this is one book that you will probably read within a few days. This is not only due to its relatively short length, but because its full of great stories from March Rich himself, his family and veterans in the commodity business. Some of the stories/anecdotes about deals with Middle Eastern/African countries are flat out unbelievable. One of my favorite short bits was when during the Angolan civil war, Cuban communist militia were dispatched to support the ruling Marxist party in defending the operations of Gulf Oil - and they were defending Gulf from American sponsored rebels. In an unexpected way, the book reveals the world as it is, rather than how we imagine it to be in our heads. The only downside for me was excessive focus on Marc's tax issues. I know its a huge part of Marc's life, but for me it was more interesting to reading about his business strategies and specific deals.
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This book is amazing. Anyone who has ever worked, or aspired to work in energy or trading must read this book. The back ground of how the oil market developed is outstanding. 5 stars
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WOW LEARN HOW REALLY CROOKED THE CLINTONS WERE AND ARE
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A great job on a very difficult subject
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