Red Notice

Red Notice

A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

Book - 2015
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"Part John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir." -- The New York Times

"[ Red Notice ] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liar's Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder's business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin's Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for any list of the year's best books" ( Fortune ).

This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.

Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn't so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin's number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States--The Magnitsky Act--that punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer's murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.

A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, Red Notice is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2015.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781476755748
Branch Call Number: 332.6092 BROWD
Characteristics: 396 pages : illustrations


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Sep 02, 2018

Wow. An important and eye-opening read in the era of Trump's "Putin is a nice guy" rhetoric. The author recounts in compelling and readable terms investing in the Russian stock market, corruption of Russian officials and the oligarchs, the dire consequences of fighting back, and the creation of the the Magnitsky legislation. Appearances in the narrative by Senator John McCain and Canada's Chrystia Freeland made it all the more real. A real page-turner. The only difficulty was keeping track of dates.

Jun 20, 2018

May 28 2015
If you are a fan of spy thriller fiction, you must read this book. This is a true story of high finance, corporate shenanigans, government corruption, greed and even murder. Author Bill Browder writes with passion about his journey from investment broker to becoming a human rights advocate fighting against the Russian leader Vladimir Putin. His fight for justice takes him around the globe to Washington, DC, London and Moscow where he faces a life and death challenge.This is a page-turner! NC

May 15, 2018

Ever wonder what life’s like in Putin’s Russia. Red Notice is a good place to start. It’s the backstory of what became the Magnitsky Act but it’s much more than a story of a Western travel ban against Putin’s thugs. It reveals how arguably the world’s richest man is probably also the most ruthless. And revengeful.

The narrative sounds much like life in the Stalin era or in a Hollywood crime movie. But it’s in 21st Century Russia and it’s nonfiction. Couldn’t put it down. Also helped to understand why Trump adores Putin; he’d like to be that powerful, smart and rich. But Trump comes up short on all three counts. (note: the Trump comparison is my conclusion; Red Notice ends before the Trump era begins).

May 14, 2018

A fascinating read giving great insight into Russia and its financial workings. It will make a great movie someday I am sure. Reading the book was a true joy, one of those “I couldn’t put it down” books. Given all that is going on today about Russia, I highly recommend it.

Jan 02, 2018

I found this an excellent read although a terrible indictment of both the Russian and US political systems and to some extent British apathy. It also serves as a chilling reminder of the appalling abuses of power which exist wherever there is a lack of effective, regulated control on some mens (gender non specific) lust for money.

At the same time disgusting and enlightening and a remarkable tale of naivety and the power of guilt. Truly a reminder of mankind's carnal brutality, self interest and unfounded righteousness.

One review also led me to wonder why some folk even bother to get a library card! :-)

VaughanPLDavidB Nov 29, 2017

After reading this in-depth description of Russian government corruption and gangsterism, it's not hard to contemplate their tampering with the US election in 2016.

Oct 31, 2017

Bill Browder describes his life from beginner investor to investing in the privatizing of Russia as a hedge fund. Then his lawyer in Russia was put in prison until he died for not lying about Russian tax fraud. This is current events in Russia today with Vladimir Putin.

The Magnitsky Act is a bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Barack Obama in December 2012. This bill is retaliation against the human rights abuses suffered by Sergei Magnitsky. Russians are named to prevent their banking in the U.S. and profit from the dishonest gains. The list has been updated, up to 2016, with more Russian criminal authorities and accepted by more of the nations in the world.

Sep 04, 2017

After getting from the library, I read the liner notes, and it's about a guy who got really rich while "doing business" in Russia. Ah yes, I know all about American Businessmen in Russia.

I skipped towards the end and read one paragraph and in it he's giving a lecture, and instead of writing "...after I finished the lecture, I ...", he wrote "...and after the applause, I...." Ugh. Easy decision to NOT spend 350 pages with this guy.

Aug 26, 2017

A story both amazing and horrifying. An inside look into how the world turns on finance and how who you know determines what can be done. Politics and power are one and the same, it seems, and the story shows how even a man as principled as Obama can be swayed by international interests to do the wrong thing. Even so, the United States is not the Soviet Union. So in the end the views of the majority can win out. But it is a struggle. Everyone should read this true story. Nearly everyone will cry.

May 24, 2017

Now I know how there came to be billionaires in Russia today. No it wasn't through sheer hard work. These people, mostly in government either as politicians or as government workers, systematically connived, cheated, lied, and stole their way to riches. Bill Browder built a very successful business in Russia by dealing in companies that had been totally undervalued when Yeltsen began privatizing so many government enterprizes. Then he found his business 'stolen' completely without his knowledge. Thus began the tale he relates in this book. The language is clear with easily understood explanations of who the players were (and are still) and the many machinations, intimidations, tortures that were perpetrated. It was interesting to see that our own Khrystia Freeland, at the time a journalist for the Financial Times, reported on the case for the free world. Yes, there are good Russians, like Sergei Magnitsky who died from torture for his beliefs, but for every one trying to fight for a better country, there are scores who look for only power and wealth. This whole thing left a very nasty taste in my mouth.

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