International financier Bill Browder is one of Vladimir Putin's least favourite people. What on earth did he do to earn such disapproval? It wasn't so much his reaction to his highly successful investment in post-Soviet Russia being derailed by government chicanery, but rather Browder turning into a relentless human rights campaigner, exposing corruption at the highest level. Going on to lobby US lawmakers to avenge the imprisonment, torture and death of his Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, didn't help either ...
Fast-paced and direct, this real-life thriller of high stakes and vast fortunes is also an intriguing memoir of a high flier bent on bringing about justice. [Larger font]
A very good read for our group and several of our partners also read it. Some of us had travelled in Russia and had much to discuss.
Very readable, and generated a lot of discussion. Provided some interesting insights into hedge fund capital management for non-financial people, as well as the US political system, and the challenges of geo-politics. An easy book to read - very gripping - and at times we had to remind ourselves this wasn't actually a Russian spy-novel but a true account.
An eye-opening and very interesting account of the lengths the Russian government will go to to annihilate opposition. Bill Browder is a very brave man.
People enjoyed this book. Excellent background information. Great character.
The Group very much enjoyed this book introducing to a murky world unknown to us. Some found it a difficult read at times. It was interesting to chart his passage from outright capitalist oblivious of the human issues, to outright human rights and financial injustice advocate. It gave us all an unpleasant picture of the realities of life in Russia and the authoritarian regime of Putin.
Our group had a great discussion on this book. Comments like: - just had to keep reading; horrified at the control and corruption; the power and control of the Oligarchs; informative, terrifying and shocking. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Brought to light the current situation in the Eastern Bloc and Russia/Ukraine. Described as "a book everyone should read, but many will wish they hadn't"!
All our group thought this was an amazing book, and very relevant to what is happening in Russia at the moment.
We were all fascinated by this book. Some husbands grabbed it and read it too!!
Hard to believe that this type of story actually happens in our lifetime. Good read.
Very captivating and eye-opening. Provoked good discussion about the protagonist - was he completely innocent or should he shoulder some blame for his involvement
An amazing book, we all enjoyed it.
Everyone enjoyed this book, both the financial and the political aspects.
All members thoroughly enjoyed this read although it was a LONG read! VERY topical at this present time. A lot of discussion was held on the author and his life. Very interested to read his next publication. This book was an extremely good 'history lesson', and we all learnt from it.
High finance meets murder and corruption in Putin's Russia. Enjoyed by all our members.
Fascinating read. Eye opening account. "One heck of a read". The last quarter was riveting. It took one reader from highs to lows.
A book everybody should read - explains origins of Russian oligarchy and Putin.
A gripping read, particularly the second half which detailed the corruption rife in Russia and the legal fight to obtain justice for the author's friend. It reads like a popular thriller but makes you stop and think when you realise that this is real life.
Our group was unanimous in their enjoyment of this book.
What a book! We were taken deep into a world that none of us would otherwise experience. And this story is not fiction!
Fabulous and thought provoking. A great read especially at the moment on the world stage with political relationships with Russia and the rest of the world.
Well-written expose of modern Russia. Highly recommend. Lots of side issues discussed re the world today.
Opinions were divided. Those interested in politics, history and finance rated it very highly, while others without these interests were not very impressed with the book.
We all enjoyed the book. It was an easy read and kept you gripped from the start. It was shocking to realise that this all happened so recently, and obviously still happens in Russia.
Everybody felt enthusiastic, and it whetted the appetite for some nonfiction books on Russia.
A fast paced and very interesting read. An insight into Russian politics.
Our group really enjoyed this book, even if we didn't particularly like the author!