Oprah Time: Ugly Americans by Ben Mezrich

My book of the moment is Ugly Americans by Ben Mezrich. Ben previously wrote Bringing Down the House; a book about a group of maths geeks who take on the Las Vegas casinos by team playing with a gambling system and making a killing at poker.

In Ugly Americans, Ben turns his attention to hedge funds exploiting the economic collapse of Japan in the 1990s. There are many similarities with the books:

– they both are written in the same style, paced with a future film adaptation in mind

– they both alternate chapters of action with ‘expert testimony

– they both claim to be true, however I have my doubts (names have been changed to protect the innocent et cetera)

– both are a ripping read regardless