Quickly becoming one of my new favorite authors, Ben Mezrich writes another tale about Ivy league students doing amazing things. This is a tale about a Princeton student taking an uncertain Japanese job over a traditional NYC banking gig. It chronicles his experience with one of the biggest trades ever, Geisha houses and dealing with the Yakuza.
Great quotes from the book:
Take this football. Its value at the moment is about twenty-nine bucks…If a few of you go pro, then this ball is going to be worth about ten times [as much]. If you all end up coaching peewee league in Podunk, New Jersey, it’s going to be worth shit.
I finally found a small red button that seemed promising and hit it with two fingers. The familiar sound of a toilet flushing echoed off the marble floor. It took me a full second to realize the sound was synthetic.
I was getting a lap dance from this Swedish chick, so I asked her what her favorite number was …I gave that number to my boss and we traded [the position] at 28.
Change is always something to celebrate. It’s a sign that you’re still alive.
The first place to look for a solution is within the problem itself.
The ends justify the means, but there’s only one end that really matters. Ending up on a beach with a bottle of champagne.
Noah’s Bottomline: Not as good as his first two books but a great quick vacation read.