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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (51 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leah McGrath Goodman Narrator: Robert Fass Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780062047144
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The Asylum is a stunning exposé by a seasoned Wall Street journalist that once and for all reveals the truth behind America’s oil addiction in all its unscripted and dysfunctional glory.

In the tradition of Too Big to Fail and Liar’s Poker, author Leah McGrath Goodman tells the amazing-but-true story of a band of struggling, hardscrabble traders who, after enduring decades of scorn from New York’s stuffy financial establishment, overcame more than a century of failure, infighting, and brinksmanship to build the world’s reigning oil empire—entirely by accident.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A riveting tale of greed gone mad. Goodman nails the culture…A great ride for market fans.”

    Businessweek

  • “A seriously informative and amusing look into the oil trading pits.”

    Huffington Post

  • “Finance journalist Goodman traces Nymex’s transformation into a colossus with a stranglehold on the sale of the world’s energy. Goodman explores the lurid culture of Nymex traders, scruffy hustlers who shriek, swear, and bring guns, drugs, and hookers right into the trading pit…One of the year’s most colorful business histories.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In the complex world of the energy markets where pit trading is a blue-collar profession, Goodman captures the grit and spirit of the floor and the personalities in the board room…Her depiction of the players and the place to ring true.”

    Reuters

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnbh46 | 8/8/2013

    " Outstanding analysis on the background and evolution of the Oil futures market. This should required reading for everyone interested in the cause and effect regarding oil prices and the world market "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 8/3/2013

    " This was recommended to me as a sort of companion book to the Enron story "The Smartest Guys in the Room" but it wasn't as well-written and I gave up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damiano Crognali | 7/16/2013

    " Commento per gli italiani: un attesissimo libro negli Stati Uniti, una interessante storia da leggere, per chi ama leggere in inglese "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha Hartke | 7/5/2012

    " A must-read for anyone either in or on the sidelines of the energy industry. If there was any last remnants of belief that fundamentals rule the energy markets, this portrait of the NYMEX pits and how screen trading as completely overcome the industry, will bury that belief firmly six feet under. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alden | 3/6/2011

    " Fuck NYMEX, fuck futures trading. The first 1/4 of this book explains in detail just what is wrong with the oil market and tells you who to blame for gas prices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/2/2011

    " Good book thus far. But needed to downsize. Left it with Bastian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damiano | 1/18/2011

    " Commento per gli italiani: un attesissimo libro negli Stati Uniti, una interessante storia da leggere, per chi ama leggere in inglese "

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About the Author
Author Leah McGrath Goodman

An award-winning investigative journalist, Leah McGrath Goodman has written for Forbes, Fortune, Financial Times, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, and Barron's in New York and London. A member of The London Speaker Bureau and writer-at-large for Institutional Investor, she splits her time between New York, the U.K., and her home in Brattleboro, Vermont, where she is a contributor for The Commons.

About the Narrator

Robert Fass is a veteran actor and seven-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, winning in 2011 and again in 2013. He is equally at home in a wide variety of styles, genres, characters, and dialects and has earned multiple Earphones Awards, including one for his narration of Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name, which was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Audiobooks of 2011. Fass has given voice to modern and classic fiction writers alike, including Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Isaac Asimov, Jeffrey Deaver, and John Steinbeck, as well as to nonfiction works in history, memoir, health, journalism, and business.