The Antisocial Network: The GameStop Short Squeeze and the Ragtag Group of Amateur Traders That Brought Wall Street to Its Knees Audiobook, by Ben Mezrich Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Ben Mezrich Narrator: Fajer Al-Kaisi Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: September 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549112591

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The definitive account of the story of the year, the can’t-make-this-up Gamestop short squeeze—a David vs. Goliath tale of fortunes won and lost overnight that changed Wall Street forever.

In The Antisocial Network, bestselling author Ben Mezrich tells the true story of the subreddit WallStreetBets, a loosely affiliated group of private investors and internet trolls who took down one of the biggest hedge funds on Wall Street, and in so doing, fired the first shot in a revolution that threatens to upend the financial establishment. Told with deep access, from multiple angles, it examines the culmination of a populist movement that began with the intersection of social media and the growth of simplified, democratizing financial portals—represented by the biggest upstart in the business, RobinHood, and its millions of mostly millennial devotees.

The unlikely focus of the battle: GameStop, a flailing brick and mortar dinosaur catering to teenagers and outsiders, that had somehow outlived forbearers like Blockbuster Video and Petsmart as the world rapidly moved online. The story comes to a head in a wild battle between Melvin Capital, a 13-billion-dollar hedge fund, one of the most respected and staid funds on the Street, and a disparate group of amateur day traders, video game nuts, and internet trolls on a subreddit calling itself WallStreetBets. At first, the subreddit was a joke—a meme-filled, freewheeling place to share shoot-the-moon investment tips, laugh about big losses, and diamond hand emojis. Until some members noticed an opportunity—and rode a rocket ship to tens of millions of dollars in earnings overnight.

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About the Author

Ben Mezrich graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. He has published fifteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Accidental Billionaires, which was adapted into the Academy Award–winning film The Social Network, and Bringing Down the House, which was the basis for the hit movie 21, as well as the national bestseller Once Upon a Time in Russia.

About the Narrator

Suehyla El-Attar is an actress and writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. She dabbled in radio for a bit, working with several well-known stations as a morning news personality and DJ. Eventually, she returned to acting, on stage and in film. She has nurtured both crafts of acting and writing, working with local companies such as Theatre du Reve, Synchronicity Theatre, the Alliance Theatre Company, and Horizon Theatre Company as dramaturge, actress, and playwright on several projects.