- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (Oct. 20 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476755744
- ISBN-13: 978-1476755748
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 345 g
- Average Customer Review: 237 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice Paperback – Oct 20 2015
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"Hard to put down . . . Red Notice is part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir." (Andrew Ross Sorkin New York Times)
“Reads like a classic thriller, with an everyman hero alone and in danger in a hostile foreign city . . . but it’s all true.” (Lee Child, bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series)
"The first half of Red Notice traces Browder’s improbable journey from prep-school washout through college, business school, and a series of consulting and Wall Street jobs before becoming Russia’s largest foreign investor....This book-within-a-book does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar’s Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder’s business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year’s best books." (Norman Pearlstine Fortune)
"The story of Sergei Magnitsky's life and death is a shocking true-life thriller, and Bill Browder was the man to write it." (Tom Stoppard)
“In Red Notice, Bill Browder tells the harrowing and inspiring story of how his fight for justice in Russia made him an unlikely international human rights leader and Vladimir Putin's number-one enemy. It is the book for anyone interested in understanding the culture of corruption and impunity in Putin's Russia today, and Browder’s heroic example of how to fight back.” (Senator John McCain)
"This book reads like a thriller, but it's a true, important, and inspiring real story. Bill Browder is an amazing moral crusader, and his book is a must-read for anyone who seeks to understand Russia, Putin, or the challenges of doing business in the world today." (Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and The Innovators)
"Browder’s true story is a heart-in-your-throat page turner, and the only close-up look I know of what it’s like to take on Putin. It is also a moving account of a man who found his calling, and ended up winning in the end." (Bryan Burrough, co-author of Barbarians at the Gate and author of Public Enemies and The Big Rich)
"A fascinating, heart-stopping account of how to take on Putin--and win. It's exciting to read about Browder's roller-coaster ride to wealth in Russia, and to learn how his compassion for Sergei Magnitsky, his murdered lawyer, inspired his memorable struggle against the venal apparatchiks of a corrupt state. This is the gripping--and absolutely true--story behind the Magnitsky Law, a signal advance in human rights." (Geoffrey Robertson, human rights lawyer and author of Crimes Against Humanity: The Struggle For Global Justice)
"This indispensable look at the brutal realities of the Putin regime is of even greater relevance thanks to Bill Browder’s unique expertise and personal experience inside the belly of the beast.” (Garry Kasparov, Chess Grandmaster and author of How Life Imitates Chess)
About the Author
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 was vice president at Salomon Brothers. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Stanford Business School.See all Product description
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Bill Browder on the face of it seemed like an unlikely participant in this engrossing tale. His grandfather Earl Browder was the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the United States during the first half of the 20th century. His father was a Mathematics professor at the University of Chicago. Bill grew up on the south side of Chicago and was a lackluster student, but something clicked and he turned of to be a superstar in the world of finance. It was finance and a serious interest in Russia that lead to a position heading up a hedge fund company after the Soviet Union collapsed. He made a name for himself and he was secure until he found that Russian officials were robbing the companies that he was investing in. This knowledge lead to Browder being expelled from the country by no less than Putin himself.
It turned out that a little digging by Browder's Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and a raid on Browder's office uncovered a theft in the amount of $230 million dollars. It was Magnitsky's dogged investigation and testimony against the thieves that exposed a much larger organization of criminal activity. Magnitsky's participation in exposing this corruption lead to his arrest, imprisonment, torture and eventual death.
It also lead to exposing or awakening another side of Browder as a human rights activist.
This story is complex and interesting. What I found particularly fascinating was Browder's back story since he seemed an unlikely candidate to become a wizard of finance or a human rights activist despite his family background.
This well written book does an excellent job of blending the reality of what is going on in Russia with a story about a crime with many victims.
Reading about Russia in English always carries the danger of being brainwashed by a one sided perspective, just as the opposite of this is true about reading Russian books about Western World. I say this because throughout history opposing counties have always use propaganda, either officially or unofficially. This is why it was so interesting to buy this book while travelling through Russia.
Spending some time in Moscow I was able to ask locally questions about the public opinion. Yes, this story is front of mind because it was widely covered there, just with a different angle than what Bill Browder shares in this book. And it seems that well educated and established Russians agree that what happened to Sergei was truly as described in the book. In spite of massive push from Russian local media to explain how Browder is a crook.
Surprisingly, this book does not talk about the ethics of Wall Street mentality of investments (I know, an oxymoron ... ethics and Wall Street). I was tempted to take a star off from full 5 because Browder was part of the privatization period and benefited himself and his clients handsomely during that time by way of buying privatization coupons in a pyramid type of organized "business". While taking advantage of an "arbitrage" opportunity is legal, taking advantage of extremely poor by buying their rights for privatization was (in my opinion) a think line ethically. As good as it felt to make the stellar returns, Browder will have a difficult time finding followers in Russia who approve this.
I did rate this book a full 5 stars because Browder became an excellent human being and did not give up, he pursued justice hard and put his own life in danger (to this day).
Captivating story, exceptionally well written.
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