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The King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Ammann
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“It’s a psychological thriller, each page percolating with the triumphant darkness that is Marc David Rich.”--Bloomberg  News

"An empathetic look at the notorious Marc Rich, one of the most successful and controversial commodities traders in recent history and a key figure in the invention of the spot market. With unparalleled access to Rich, his family and associates, business journalist Ammann paints a nuanced portrait of the man vilified for trading with Iran and apartheid-era South Africa, accused of being the biggest tax fraudster in U.S. history and recipient of an infamous presidential pardon. This meticulous account sets the record straight on a reluctant public figure who lost in the court of public opinion, but escaped being tried in a court of law." –Publishers Weekly

"Is Rich a rogue or a philanthropic businessman? Ammann lets readers draw their own conclusion. This book reads like a cross between a rags-to-riches saga and a cloak-and-dagger thriller, but it's also an excellent and timely primer on the world of commodities trading within a global economy and will greatly appeal to readers interested in current events." –Library Journal

Kurzbeschreibung

Billionaire oil trader Marc Rich for the first time talks at length about his private life (including his expensive divorce from wife Denise); his invention of the spot oil market which made his fortune and changed the world economy; his lucrative and unpublicized dealings with Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran, Fidel Castro's Cuba, war-ravaged Angola, and apartheid South Africa; his quiet cooperation with the Israeli and U.S. governments (even after he was indicted for tax fraud by Rudy Guiliani) and near-comical attempts by U.S. officials to kidnap him illegally.
This sure-to-make-headlines book is the first no-holds-barred biography of Rich, who was famously pardoned by Bill Clinton, and resurfaced in the news during the confirmation hearings of Attorney General Eric Holder. The King of Oil sheds stunning new light on one of the most controversial international businessmen of all time, charting Rich's rise from the Holocaust, which he fled as a young boy, to become the wealthiest and most powerful oil and commodities trader of the century. From his earliest trading days to the present, Marc Rich's story is astonishing and compelling.


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Von MaGa
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Dem Autor Daniel Ammann gelingt es auf den 300 spannend geschriebenen und gut recherchierten Seiten auf tolle Weise, dem Leser Marc Rich und das Umfeld, in dem er in den 70er und 80er Jahren zu einem der größten und wichtigsten Rohstoffhändler wurde, näher zu bringen.

Einer breiten Öffentlichkeit weitestgehend unbekannte Kooperationen wie z.B. zwischen Israel und dem Iran nach der Machtübernahme von Ajatollah Khomeini oder die detaillierte Beschreibung der Einflussnahme von Israelischen Politikern auf US-amerikanische Amtskollegen - zahlreiche zum Verständnis der 30 Jahre nach dem Zusammenbruch der "seven sisters" wichtige Ereignisse fesseln den Leser von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite dieses Buches.

Nicht nur berufliche Erfolge und Misserfolge, auch die Pendants auf privater Ebene beschreibt der Autor. Erstaunlich ist das Zusammenfallen von beruflichem Misserfolg, der Scheidung und damit einhergehend das persönliche Scheitern und der aussichtlosen Situation, geschaffen durch den Druck, der von der 17-jährigen Jagd durch das FBI auf Marc Rich und Pincus Green ausgeht und der mangelnden Kompromissbereitschaft sowohl der Staatsanwälte als auch der Anwälte von Marc Rich.

Letzten Endes beweist Marc Rich nochmals das richtige Gespür und verkauft im richtigen Moment das Unternehmen an das Management unter der Führung von Willy Strothotte, von dem er kurz zuvor getrennt hatte.

Wie schwer es fällt, als Arbeitstier "loszulassen" - wird dadurch ersichtlich, dass Marc Rich es nach dem Verkauf des Unternehmens Ende der 90er Jahre nochmals wissen will und ein weiteres Unternehmen gründet. Die Tatsache, dass er offensichtlich dabei letzten Ende sehr viel Geld verloren hat zeigt, dass es wirklich nur wenigen gelingt, den letzten Lebensabschnitt neuen Dingen zu widmen.
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Von NIWESA
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Das Buch ist sehr interessant und gibt einen guten Überblick über Marc Rich's Leben und vor allem Beruf. Man sieht Rich als selfmade-man und business-man und nicht als illegaler Geschäftemacher nachdem er in den Medien die letzten Jahrzehnte sehr schlecht gemacht worden ist. Alles in Allem ein sehr gutes Buch, welches auch einen selber sehr beflügelt was unternehmerische Tätigkeiten betrifft.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen king of oil 14. Oktober 2013
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i have read that book king of oil and i like that. i could find some answer to my question about my country Iran and my analysis about that
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Stern am Haendlerhimmel 3. September 2011
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Nach anfaeglichen Schwierigkeiten des Autors, dem Buch eine klare Linie zu verpassen, kommt man nach wenigen Seiten in den Bann der Erzaehlung Daniel Ammann's. Die Urspruenge Marc Rich's als Fluechtlingskind sind traumatischer Natur und fuer sein weiteres Leben sicherlich praegend. Fuer den Leser wird es aber richtig spannend, nachdem er bei PhiBro erst als Postjunge und spaeter als Haendler anfaengt zu arbeiten.

Sein kometenhafter Aufstieg und die Art seiner Geschaefte sind atemberaubend, nicht nur fuer Haendler wie mich, sondern fuer jedermann, der Spass am Erfolg hat. Beeindruckend geschrieben und hoechst interessant ist dieses Buch sehr zu empfehlen.

Praedikat besonders wertvoll
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great insight into world of Marc Rich 25. November 2009
Von Kindle Addict - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As much as any book can, The King of Oil reveals an incredible amount of information into the world of Marc Rich. Because Marc Rich is so secretive it is hard to compare this book to any other written pieces about him.....but this book is fascinating because it touches upon the geopolitics, the emergence of the spot market for oil, commodity trading, presidential politics, business etc.

The downside of this book is that it doesn't reveal "how" Marc Rich won crucial contracts, established relationships and competed with other commodity traders. Perhaps it's too hard to reconstruct the deal-making conversations, but it would be interesting to hear the inside stories of those critical turning points in his career.

The book is an easy read and well worth it for anyone who is interested in the intersection of geopolitics and business.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Closer to the truth about Marc Rich 30. Oktober 2009
Von L. Bonner - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I read "Metal Men" by Copetas when it was published in the 1980's. At the time it was a supposed expose about Marc Rich and his expoitative behavior and treachery, and was the only book written about him. There was never an interview with Rich in the book, and when I re-read it after the Clinton pardon in 2001 it still left me with a feeling that alot was missing.
This new book by Ammann is a satisfying, eye-opening piece of balanced journalism that sheds enough light on Rich's life and works to allow the reader to make his own judgment on the man and the circumstances.
A well-written read for anyone interested in the life and motivations of an international businessman and, by default, political figure.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The author's access Makes this book worth it 14. Dezember 2009
Von Andrew Tollemache - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is good book and I would daresay, an important one. For a man of his importance and prominence, Marc Rich has not been the focus of too many books. The total access that the author got to write this book makes it a very worthy read. For decades the only side of this story I knew was the prosecution's case. Ammann's interviews with Rich allow us to hear the other side, to hear counter arguments and perspective from the man himself. Does he give a totally balanced and detailed explanation of Rich's activities? No. Does it matter? Not really, since someone else will probably have to write that book. This subject area is ripe for further research and I welcome Ammann's effort here.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen author is a sockpuppet for marc rich 31. Mai 2010
Von Erica Ford - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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While it might be true the author would be free to write whatever he wanted, the book reads like the deal between the author and marc was a wink wink nod nod in that the book would be favorable to marc rich and try to redeem himself with the public.

the book lacks the details on how Marc did his deals. This book is for entertainment purposes only and it is not very useful at all.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen An Exercise in Sycophancy 28. Juni 2010
Von pyeguy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ammann's book on Marc Rich is essentially a wildly sycophantic PR effort, which attempts to compensate for what Ammann asserts as Rich's "PR advisers [having] not kept up with the times" (p. 139).

Straying more than a bit from pure `business journalism', Ammann at one point oddly fetes Rich with: "At seventy-four, Rich still exhibits the handsome features that made him such a good-looking man in his younger years. Once can see a strong resemblance to Rudolph Valentino [!!!!], the tragic star of the silent film era, in Rich's earlier photographs" (p.144).

The book contains countless factual errors regarding governments, regions and leaders of the world that traded with Rich. This work doesn't reveal the "hows" of Rich's methods so much as the "whys", all the while drawing an unnecessary mystique around Rich, his colleagues and enablers, and the state of commodity-backed global fiscal corruption in general.

Ammann maliciously labels Iran - which Marc Rich utilized under two regimes to build his oil trading wealth on - as an "anti-Semitic regime" that's hell-bent on destroying Israel, despite A) continued dealings between Iran and both Marc Rich & Co. then, as well as its current Swiss manifestation, Glencore, now; and B) tens of thousands of Jews living there for millennia without the kinds of pogroms or genocide insinuated by this agenda-ridden author.

As other reviewers also pointed out, Ammann treacherously floats that anti-Semitism drove the US prosecutor's legal campaign against Marc Rich. The author nonchalantly does so by having Rich confirm that such is the case, only to then include a brief, terse response from Sandy Weinberg in firm rebuttal as the end of it. This is gutter journalism at its worst.

Ammann lacks the legal background to lend credible analysis to the legal case against Rich, but doesn't let that stop him from trying to perceptually vindicate Rich nonetheless. He does so with essentially delayed caveats from some Ivy League tax law professors and Rich's own counsel, while in large part painting Rich as a wronged hard working immigrant who fled the Holocaust with nothing. The US prosecution team is painted as inept, even oafish amateurs with a clear axe to grind against a hardworking, focused, discreet, rich Jewish émigré.

Applying appalling reasoning, Ammann offers that "[i]f we are to follow the time-honored American tradition of `innocent until proven guilty', then Rich must be considered innocent." This, just after conceding that Rich's "case never had the opportunity to go to trial, as Rich never returned to the United States."

Brilliant.

It's the equivalent of claiming that, technically film director Roman Polanski - another fugitive who fled US law - must also be considered innocent because, technically, he was never formally convicted.

Ammann further blatantly contradicts himself in reviewing the US legal case against Rich. In one instance, he claims: "It is the purpose of this book not to prove Rich's guilt or innocence but to pose questions and to point out the mistakes made throughout the entire affair by all sides" (p. 134). A mere seven pages later, however, Ammann proclaims: "Yet I am not convinced that Rich would actually have been found guilty in court. There is simply too much reasonable doubt surrounding his guilt. I have come to this decision after my conversations with members of the judiciary, diplomats, and other individuals directly involved in the case and after having viewed countless documents, some of which were confidential" [confidential to whom, exactly?!?]. Again, Ammann is not an attorney, but a Swiss-born and based journalist.

Additionally, Ammann fails to point out a core contradiction in Rich's statements versus Rich's behavior. At one point, Rich justified his dealings with Iran, Cuba and other red-flagged states with: "Business has nothing to do with politics" and "I'm not a political person. We were not a political company" and still "[b]usiness is neutral. You can't run a trading company based on sympathies." All of that said, Rich nonetheless contributed generously to the Israeli state and her intelligence imperatives as a key, deep-pocketed "sayan", and was gratuitously acknowledged/rewarded for doing so by leading Israeli politicians and military leaders.

These same leaders lobbied Bill Clinton personally and directly to pardon Rich - an illustrated process that remains the most telling content of the book.

Also, and despite his apparently matchless level of access, Ammann did not provide enough detail on Rich's companies' operations, nor on the global energy and commodity sector mechanisms that allowed for Rich to operate so fluidly. The book could've dwelled less on the cult-of-personality surrounding its subject, his colleagues and allies, and more on the vital issues involving the core commodity listed in the book's hubristic title.

Ultimately, Ammann did not write this book for the wider public, for aspiring business people, for Rich's progeny, or certainly for anyone curious about Rich's legal case. He wrote it as an act of genuflection towards the elite, who he certainly had unique access to and utilized in order to `re-brand' Marc Rich whilst nodding and winking at the wider, opaque global realm of commodity and currency trading he claims Rich invented in large part.
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