Friday, October 30, 2015

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder (2015) - Book Review

Follow this link to Bill Browder's web site and get the book

My younger brother Todd (MBA from the University of Minnesota) highly recommended this book to me. It was an absolute page-turner; I couldn't put it down. And the amazing thing is that it's completely true! By the end of the book I was crying. (I suspect Hollywood will make this into a movie someday.)

Bill Browder (MBA Stanford Business School) was one of the first western investors in Russia after the fall of communism. He gave up his American citizenship to become a British subject, ostensibly because of his family's ill treatment by the U.S. Government. (His Grandfather, Earl Browder, was the head of the Communist Party USA in the 1930s and 40s and actually ran for President of the US a couple of times.)  Although, I suspect Bill Browder's decision to give up his American citizenship had more to do with taxes than anything else. Be that as it may, his business venture into Russia was undoubtedly motivated by greed. But over the course of the story, he has to face the Russian version of "Profit At Any Price" and learns first hand the meaning of the words of Jesus, "For what shall it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" In the case of Bill Browder, he found his soul and calling in life.

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