Red Notice by Bill Browder

Red Notice

A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin's corruption.Bill Browder's journey started on the South Side of Chicago and moved through Stanford Business School to the dog-eat-dog world of hedge fund investing in the 1990s. It continued in Moscow, where Browder made his fortune heading the largest investment f...

Details Red Notice

TitleRed Notice
Release DateFeb 3rd, 2015
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreNonfiction, Politics, Cultural, Russia, History, Biography, Business

Reviews Red Notice

  • Frances
    Born into a left-wing family in America, Bill Browder attended a boarding school where he became quite rebellious and very unsettled. Not happy with his home life he made the decision to become a capitalist knowing that it would surely upset his parents. However, once he settled down with his studies he was soon accepted into Standford University and on his way to becoming everything he ever wanted to be. By becoming the largest foreign investor ...
  • Esil
    3 1/2 stars. I listened to the audio of Red Notice. It was fascinating and I have no regrets about listening to it, but there were a few things that grated on me enough to knock off a 1/2 star from what would otherwise have been a solid 4 stars. In Red Notice, Bill Browder recounts his involvement in the world of high finance in Russia, events which ultimately led to the arrest, torture and death of one of his lawyers, and which transformed Browd...
  • Dem
    Now this is an explosive, revealing and shocking read that had my complete attention from page one. Bill Browder's account reads like a thriller but its non fiction and is compelling reading for anyone interested in reading about High Finance, Murder and one man's fight for justice in modern Russia. image: November 2009 an emancipated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bedra...
  • H Wesselius
    An interesting and entertaining read. Only marred by the self righteous tone of an author. Browder can't see beyond his own perspective. After cleaning out Russia by purchasing underpriced stock and turning it around for a quick profit. Once he achieved his millions he suddenly found a conscience. My sympathy lies with the Russian activists and people who've been wronged by both the oligarchs and the western businessman.
  • Geza Tatrallyay
    An excellent true account of the author's ups and downs as an investor in Putin's Russia. Along the way, he encounters brazen acts of embezzlement, theft and even murder by this lawless kleptocracy, losing his friend and lawyer Sergei Magnitsky to the agents of the 'rogue' state. A well-written gripping account; I could not put it down!
  • Hadrian
    The main lesson of this volume is the documentation of how far Russia has slid into kleptocracy, where the rule of law had become only a tool used to extort, to destroy, and to consolidate the gains of a select few. To recap - Russia around 1995-1996 was at a low ebb. President Yeltsin's popularity was at about 4%, and cabinet ministers and close family members were about to be charged with corruption. The economy was in dismal shape, and Russia ...
  • Ctgt
    I was vaguely aware of this story as it related to Putin and his ban of U.S. adoptions of Russian orphans back in 2012 but never really knew the details.The title does a very good job of breaking down the arc of the book with the first section concentrating on Browder, his schooling and how he ended up in Russia. The most fascinating part was discovering that Browder's grandfather was the leader of the American Communist Party and ran for preside...
  • Caroline
    I don't have time to review this book properly. In a nutshell, I was fascinated by the first half of it - all about the author learning to become a hedge fund manager, and his experiences in Russia and the highs and the lows of that experience. These included him getting immensely tangled in the often corrupt jungle that is the Russian business world, taking on some of the oligarchs, and some of the major companies on the Russian scene, like Gazp...
  • PDXReader
    This book was a complete surprise to me. I thought that perhaps it would be dry, or more likely over my head because I know so little about the world of finance. Fortunately, my fears proved unfounded; the book was very approachable and entertaining. There are two parts to the author's story, both of which are equally involving but in different ways. The first 150 pp or so outline how Browder developed his business in Russia and he details his st...
  • L.A. Starks
    This stunningly good book is authored by a world-class trader who, when he loses a friend to imprisonment, torture, and death from Putin's regime, goes all-out--slowly, deliberately--to avenge his friend. The trader is Bill Browder, the friend is Sergei Magnitsky, and the story is a true one. This makes the book more compelling than even the best fictional thriller. Putin's lack of conscience is no act, yet Browder describes a president and a now...
  • Trish
    Bill Browder has a fascinating tale to tell, of his family background as the grandson of a noted Communist, of his math-whiz father and mother, of his physicist brother. He was the black sheep of the family…until he became a billionaire in his thirties by investing in undervalued Russian oil stocks. His first foray into Russia, to advise the Murmansk Trawler Fleet on privatization, must go down in the annals as a classic of West meets East. The...
  • HBalikov
    It’s 2017 and we all are looking forward to seeing how “the art of the deal” as practiced by our new president works out. How often will it be involving his friend in Russia? What better time to read Bill Browder’s page turner about his years deal-making in Russia and how he barely escaped being tucked away in some Siberian gulag. Browder recounts how he came to the financial world and how he became an expert in privatization of state-run...
  • Andrew Robins
    Bill Browder, relatively early in his career, moves to Russia, to run a hedge fund investing mostly in recently "privatised" (in quote marks for a reason, as there isn't much similarity with our western understanding of that process) state industries.I'll be totally honest and say that, initially, I found myself worrying that this book was actually going to be an extended criticism of wrongdoing by those who profited from the truly unforgiveable ...
  • Cheryl
    Red Notice is one of the best nonfiction books I’ve read in a long time. I could not put it down. It is fast paced, riveting, suspenseful, and a powerful indictment of the authoritarian regime that is in power today in Russia. And it is also an autobiography.Bill Browder writes about his early years as the grandson of the leader of the American Communist Party. His mother, father, and brother were all driven to excel in their professions and in...
  • Pamela
    OUTRAGEOUSLY COMPELLING!!!!If Bill Browder's expose isn't on your to read list, it should be. Whether or not you're business savvy - or globally astute, a non-fiction enthusiast, culturally aware, or a political aficionado - is rather a moot point; if you believe in impartial justice, integrity, and human rights - for all - this book is a must read. "When the Russian government turns on you, it doesn't do so mildly - it does so with extreme preju...
  • Cher
    3 stars - It was good.A fascinating story that starts off as a tale of financial corruption and ends with a cry for human rights. You are left questioning the illusion that Russia is becoming a progressive and democratic nation. Browder's story also shines an unflattering light on a few US politicians (here's looking at you, Kerry) and overall fueled my dislike for big government. There were editing issues (missing or extra words) and you can tel...
  • Tina
    I wish "Red Notice" were a more straightforward nonfiction account rather than the the first-person memoir of Bill Browder that it is. I found the story in the last half of the book compelling and heartbreaking, and I wanted to go deeper into the lives and backgrounds of the other characters beyond Browder - Magnitsky's family, Vadim, Vladimir, Senator Cardin, the Russian officials, other Russian activists, etc. - but was instead confined to this...
  • Tanja Berg
    The content is important, since not all might be aware of what a lawless country Russia truly is. However, the author failed to engage me and I spent most of the book wishing it was over. The core message: don't do business in Russia and don't oppose the state or it will end badly for you. Putin's enemies end up dead in "accidents".
  • Mimi
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  • Melania 🍒
    3,9/5It was a wild ride reading this. For the first 40% I wanted to DNF it at every half an hour; and that’s only because I didn’t like Bill too much and I didn’t care for the writing style .What kept me going were the always interesting insides into the trading world. But then the sh!t hit the fan and amazing things started to happen to this book.I cried for minutes while reading The Red Notice( I hardly cry while reading, it’s more like...
  • Jeanette
    Hard book to read! Bill Browder is the ultimate intrepid person. There are more details in his mind within an hour- then most people seem to use within a month. No, more than 2 months. And you hear them all here. For years, and years of travel, inquiry, investing, association for knowledge.He tells his true life experiences from the personal to the business, in immense detail. How he starts working as an investor. How he is "fired". How he is reh...
  • Brad Feld
    In the past 24 hours I’ve read a must read. Bill Browder’s Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice is one of the best books I’ve read this year. It reads like a John le Carré novel, except it is non-fiction. It starts out as the autobiography of Bill Browder and his creation of a massively successful hedge fund (Hermitage Capital Management) that was one of the first non-Russian investors in Russ...
  • Megan Treseder
    Rarely has a book gripped me like this. I didn't want to do anything else but read it. It is utterly mesmerizing. I loved it, even though I'm not great at understanding financial concepts (the stock market is a totally foreign place to me), but Browder does a good job of explaining things in layman's terms. This reads like the very best thriller stories, but the catch is, it's real. It makes me want to read everything I can get my hands on about ...
  • Doug Cornelius
    Russian corruption from a financial and personal viewThere is a great story in here. Clearly, Mr. Browder has encountered the financial highs and corruption lows of Russia as the country emerged from communism to the capitalist dream of privatization and dropped into the abyss of a totalitarian oligarchy. As gifted as Mr. Browser is as a humanitarian and financier, it's nearly impossible to write an enjoyable autobiography. It's too personal and ...
  • Skip
    True story of the first investor in grossly undervalued Russian companies, who makes enormous returns for himself and his partners, but antagonized Russian oligarchs without much thought about the risks to himself, his family, his employees and agents. Then, the unthinkable happens, and Bill Browder has a new mission: justice and retribution. Non-fiction that seems too incredible to be true.
  • Sue K H
    This is a great story about Bill Browder's life and how he came to form his company Hermitage Capital Management, whose business was to invest primarily in Russia, for for some of the most wealthy people in the world. His story eventually turns into an international thriller but with real people's lives at stake. I had mixed emotions as I was reading this. It was an important story but it bothered me that all the trouble started because of Bill B...
  • Naddy
    After reading i feel little more proud being Indian, i used to think India is quite corrupt but now i feel No country as corrupt as Russia. Red Notice is a memoir, engrossing tale, ugly truth of Putin regime, fight against justice, corruption, system, politics,Quite insightful about Russia. Red notice started with brief introduction about Bill Browder, starting from College, alma mater, falling in love, marriage, divorce, again love though not mu...
  • Barbara
    “Red Notice” is author Bill Browder’s engrossing memoir about his amazing career as an investor in Russia. Recall the iron curtain came down in the early 1990’s making Eastern Europe an unexplored financial mecca for investors. Browder decided to gamble his financial life by figuring out Russian businesses and investing in them.His career started working with financial pariahs such as Robert Maxwell and Salomon Brothers at the beginning o...
  • Mal Warwick
    Even if you follow international news only casually, you’re likely to be aware that Putin’s Russia is a kleptocracy. The country is effectively governed by fewer than two dozen oligarchs. Some, including President Vladimir Putin himself, hold government office. Others are private “bankers” and “businessmen.” Together, they have looted hundreds of billions of dollars, plundering Russia’s oil and gas reserves and buying up government ...
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    A red notice is an alert issued by Interpol that notifies countries that the person named is wanted by a member country. Most countries honor the red notices, so it is almost like a warrant to extradite. Bill Browder, a manager of a hedge fund that was based in Russia, found himself first banned from Russia, then the subject of a red notice. Only a few years before the red notice was issued, Browder was on top of the world, his hedge fund that sp...