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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story... But Is It The Whole Story?
This book is excellent. The narrative is clearly structured, relatively balanced in its tone and seems well researched. The book is well organized with chapters corresponding to each significant period or development in Rich's career. The access afforded to the author is clearly extensive; the quality and quantity of original sources, including interviews with Rich...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, would be a better article.
An interesting subject matter that is somewhat drawn out for too long, as the author gives an effective biography of the titular commodities trader, but one that appears to be stretched out, especially concerning the U.S. indictment against him and his business partner Pincus Green. The structure can be irritating too since it is built around several interviews the author...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Badly written, 28 Oct 2013
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Petrolhead (Hong Kong) - See all my reviews
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I bought this in hope of a rollicking tale of a dastardly swashbuckling capitalist antihero. With the exclusive access that Ammann achieved, I hoped it would be unputdownable and full of insights. Unfortunately it proved to be a hagiography written in the most leaden prose, and - although you may feel this disqualifies me as a reviewer - I couldn't finish it. I have a professional interest in the subject, and loved "The Prize" by Daniel Yergin and would recommend a bunch of other books. But not this. With Marc Rich now in the grave, and therefore unable to bring a libel case, the market for a decent biography of the man looks to be wide open.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 29 Sep 2013
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This book is an excellent and very accurate description of the man and his life. It should prove fascinating to all. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opener to anyone going into business development in oil and gas, 27 Aug 2013
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I. E. Ekwegh "Gusto" (London,UK) - See all my reviews
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Some secrets of middle men in Oil and gas exploration revealed. Importance of negotiation between NOCs, IOCs and the Business man. A good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing read, 23 July 2013
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Does a great job of explaining the roots of the various controversies surrounding Marc Rich. Well written, well balanced. Rich is clearly no angel, but he is, or was, a trader who believed doing business, even with "bad" guys, was the right thing to do
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fair report, 30 Jun 2013
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Good and balanced insight into Rich's life and business. Helps to avoid popular stereotypes about him and suggests a mild introduction into the industry for wannabe commodity traders. Probably of a less value for public generally not interested in commodity trading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner, 8 Jun 2013
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Excellent story of triumph over tribulation, more tribulation, triumph, even more tribulation and triumph. Roller-coaster, fast lane, brains, grit, thick-skin and determination - incredible story of Marc Rich.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The King of Oil, 24 Dec 2012
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It was on a wish list so he will be very pleased as he is an avid reader. Arrived promptly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and fascinating!, 30 Aug 2012
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Fascinating and revealing. The books is very well researched via direct interviews with many of those involved giving a true description of the way things worked and no doubt many of us who worked for the company at one of the 'main' offices or in the field at some time will find it edifying to finally have many gaps filled in as to the origins of what was a great and exciting company to work for! It is also very relevant today as to leading to a greater understanding as to how big business affects our lives and ultimately the world economy behind the scenes since many of Marc Rich AG's tactics are applicable to other global industries. An extremely interesting and fascinating read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb read, 4 July 2012
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The title of this book really does this injustice. This book is about a great man who has strived hard to be successful, remain focused, find opportunity and protect what is important to Marc Rich (he and his family)
What makes this well-written is the attention-to-detail the writer has taken to convey the story in a way that is truthful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended to international traders, 25 Mar 2012
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GUY'S BOOKS (BEDFORDSHIRE, UK) - See all my reviews
This book is well written and well researched, with 14 pages of notes.
It's focused on two main subjects: how Marc Rich founded the largest commodities trading business in the world, and why he became a wanted man by the American department of Justice.
I found however one factual mistake: the author wrote, on chapter 8:
"Prime Minister Bazargan broke off all relations with Israel, and the Israeli embassy was stormed and plundered by a rampaging mob (pag.94)."
However, Iran never officially recognized Israel, therefore there couldn't be an embassy of Israel.
In spite of this mistake, I recommend this book to everyone interested in international trading.
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