Item description for Tarnished Copper by Geoffrey Sambrook...
Tarnished Copper is a story of greed, deception and corruption in one of the most volatile of financial markets. Over his time in the market, the author has seen the collapse of the International Tin Council, the Sumitomo Affair and numerous other market shenanigans, and brings an insider's unique insight into the way markets can be manipulated for profit. The fictional characters of Tarnished Copper seem horrifyingly real as they follow their dance of deception culminating in untold riches for some, and death for another.
A new, cerebral voice in financial fiction....
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Publisher Twenty First Century Publishers
ISBN 1904433022 ISBN13 9781904433026
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Reviews - What do customers think about Tarnished Copper?
A Real World Financial Thriller by a Real World Practitioner Jan 17, 2003
Are these the real people who run the world's metals markets? The colourful characters who populate this novel are obviously fictitious, but as close as you're likely to get to the real thing. So too is the plot, a "how it might have happened" scenario of the copper scam that rocked the copper market in the nineties and cost Sumitomo billions. And guess what? The rogue trader who manipulated the copper markets at the time gets out of jail shortly. It is refreshing (and informative) to read a financial thriller with an understanding of how the markets really work. If this is prescribed reading for financial traders, then even more so for the regulators, who have to learn to stay a step ahead rather than behind. And then, of course, anyone who enjoys a really good thriller.
Not just for the city boys Oct 2, 2002
Achieving a balance between maintaining the reader's interest and performing the role of pedagogue in such a book can never be an easy task - the writers are generally drawn from the ranks of the industry in question and are thus untrained in the niceties of narrative fiction. With this in mind, I approached Tarnished Copper with an admittedly cynical attitude. I was, however, hugely impressed with the book. Coming from the position of someone with little interest in the metals market (as most people will be) I finished the book with both an amateur knowledge of copper trading and a fully satiated desire for exciting new fiction. The book largely concentrates on a multi-national scheme to make certain individuals very rich at the expense of a few people's careers and the profits of some large corporations. We are introduced from the very start to the environment in which base metals are traded; an environment within which the seeds of deception, greed and corruption are sown. The characters are colourful and varied and, more importantly, well portrayed. The plot moves effortlessly from the financial centres of the Far East and the City of London to the USA, France and the Home Countiesof England. In this respect it is evident that Sambrook knows his stuff. He writes with the sense that he has lived a similar life to the characters, rather than merely spent time researching it - substantiated by the author's biography on the back cover. Tarnished Copper, in conclusion, comes over as an exciting yet cerebral expose of the metal markets, well worth a read by the average member of the reading public and no doubt even more so by those with an interest specifically in commodities.