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Author: David Enrich Narrator: Mike Chamberlain Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9780062659972
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The Wall Street Journal’s award-winning business reporter unveils the bizarre and sinister story of how a math genius named Tom Hayes, a handful of outrageous confederates, and a deeply corrupt banking system ignited one of the greatest financial scandals in history.

In 2006, an oddball group of bankers, traders and brokers from some of the world’s largest financial institutions made a startling realization: Libor—the London interbank offered rate, which determines the interest rates on trillions in loans worldwide—was set daily by a small group of easily manipulated functionaries, and that they could reap huge profits by nudging it to suit their trading portfolios. Tom Hayes, a brilliant but troubled mathematician, became the lynchpin of a wild alliance that among others included a French trader nicknamed “Gollum”; the broker “Abbo,” who liked to publicly strip naked when drinking; a Kazakh chicken farmer turned something short of financial whiz kid; a broker known as “Village” (short for “Village Idiot”) and fascinated with human-animal sex; an executive called “Clumpy” because of his patchwork hair loss; and a broker uncreatively nicknamed “Big Nose.” Eventually known as the “Spider Network,” Hayes’s circle generated untold riches —until it all unraveled in spectacularly vicious, backstabbing fashion.

The Spider Network is not only a rollicking account of the scam but a provocative examination of a financial system that was crooked throughout, designed to promote envelope-pushing behavior while shielding higher-ups from the consequences of their subordinates’ rapacious actions.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Spider Network will snare you in its web of deceit, lies, corruption, manipulation, and colorful characters…Enrich’s brilliant investigative exposé will reverberate from Wall Street to Main Street.”

    Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “With an unerring eye for detail, Enrich shows in this masterful work how a toxic stew of greed, arrogance, and a lust for power led to a criminal scheme of unparalleled dimensions. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the dirty underbelly of the financial world.”

    Kurt Eichenwald, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

  • “An incredibly entertaining, globe-straddling inside account of how one trader turbocharged a greedy cabal that scammed savers and borrowers everywhere. A must read if you want to understand how big banks and traders really work.”

    Marcus Brauchli, former executive editor of the Washington Post and managing editor of the Wall Street Journal

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About the Author

David Enrich is the financial enterprise editor of the Wall Street Journal, heading an elite investigative unit at the paper. He previously served as the Journal’s European banking editor in London. Enrich’s coverage of the Libor scandal, based partly on years of secret access to Tom Hayes and his family, won him the Gerald Loeb Award for feature writing in 2016. He currently lives in New York with his wife and two sons.

About the Narrator

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer in Los Angeles whose audiobook narration has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards. His voice credits range from radio commercials and television narration to animation and video game characters. Stage trained at Boston College, he has performed works from Shakespeare and the classics to contemporary drama and comedy.