21 : Bringing Down The House – Movie Tie- In : The Inside Story Of Six M.I.T.Students Who Took Vegas For Millions (Media Tie- In) by Ben Mezrich
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The best-selling book that has captivated readers around the world, Bringing Down the House is an exhilarating adventure undertaken by a group of unconventional hustlers – brilliant nerds.
Gambling was rampant on the M.I.T. campus, where young prodigies with promising futures could be found not only in the library but also in the glitzy casinos of Paradise Island. A select group of genius mathematicians was handpicked to join The Club, a secretive blackjack syndicate with the sole mission of outsmarting and outplaying the major casinos across the nation.
Aided by a enigmatic leader and anonymous investors, this accomplished group of card savants infiltrated the glamorous world of Las Vegas and emerged victorious, amassing millions of dollars in winnings.
The Boston Herald hailed it as a “suspenseful narrative of underdogs taking on giants.” Meanwhile, Bill Simmons of ESPN magazine couldn’t resist the allure, declaring, “This book tempted me to try my luck in Vegas! Vegas!”
Bringing Down the House takes readers on a heart-pounding journey filled with tense moments, colossal risks, and incredibly close calls. It is a gripping account reminiscent of the legendary heist movie, Ocean’s Eleven. However, it is a tale that the Las Vegas establishment would rather keep hidden.
“The Rise of Russian Oligarchs: A Tale of Chaos, Corruption, and Ambition”
The Rise of Russian Oligarchs: From Chaos to Wealth
During the transition from communism to capitalism in Russia in the 1990s, the country found itself in a state of corruption and uncertainty. With Boris Yeltsin at the helm, the aim was to quickly privatize the nation to prevent communism from resurfacing. However, this well-meaning endeavor led to a handful of ambitious individuals seizing control of major companies, thus creating a new class known as oligarchs.
In this tumultuous period, capitalism was being installed in a country that had long been under the grip of communism. Yeltsin’s vision was to transfer resources and businesses into the hands of private individuals, creating an illusion of a capitalist system. However, due to the lack of regulation and proper governance during this transition, certain individuals who were previously on the outskirts of society managed to gain ownership of significant companies.
These newly minted oligarchs emerged primarily in the mid to early 1990s. Ambitious individuals suddenly found themselves at the helm of giant oil and aluminum companies, enabling them to amass vast fortunes. They took advantage of the chaotic environment where the rules were unclear and opportunities for personal gain were abundant.
Through their shrewd business practices and resourceful tactics, these oligarchs managed to build massive empires from these once-state-owned companies. Their wealth and power grew exponentially, solidifying their positions as influential figures in Russian society.
While this initial wave of oligarchs came to prominence during a time of uncertainty and corruption, they remain a defining feature of Russia’s economic landscape even today. These individuals played a key role in shaping the country’s capitalism and its uneven distribution of wealth.
The rise of Russian oligarchs serves as a stark reminder of how a transition from one system to another can create both opportunities and challenges. What started as a quest for capitalism paved the way for a handful of individuals to accumulate immense power and wealth, ultimately impacting the social and economic fabric of the nation.