This book has a promising plot. A kid from the wrong side of the tracks in NY applies himself and secures an Ivy League education and then enters the workforce with unexpected opportunities for achievement in the world of business. This opportunity specifically takes the form of the NY Mercantile Exchange where great fortunes are made in aggresively defended turfs. These turfs, however, are ethnically closed and not the traditional proving grounds of people with Harvard Business School educations. This HBS educated kid not only applies himself to the challenge of succeeding at the "Merc" but he also, with the help of a mid-eastern colleague, attempts to clone the Merc into the mid-east environment. The plot could have been fleshed out better with more depth and dimensionality. It feels more like a short story than a novel. The author also seems to imply that a mid-eastern Merc somehow serves a greater cause for humankind, but one can clearly see that the opportunities it presents only include greater wealth for the already wealthy. I kept thinking, why should anyone care? Nevertheless I think the story is interesting and colorful and an opportunity to see aspects of the business world one does not normally see.
Ben Mezrich is a great writer and I have enjoyed his other books (like 'Bringing down the House'). However this book doesn't live up to his standards. There is a lot of hype and you expect big things to happen in the story but it just never gets there unfortunately. I put this book down after reading 2/3rds the way in. It was just too boring to go on. Sorry Ben.
i'm not sure what the issue is with the other review, aside from it likely coming from some Gen-X ADHD sad sack, but this book was extremely entertaining. Great telling of a truth based story, and I also laughed out loud in several instances. If you liked The Wolf of Wallstreet then you'll like this book just as much.