That was my only thought while reading Red Notice, Bill Browder’s can’t-believe-this-is-true memoir of his time as an American private equity titan in Russia.
More importantly, the book clearly outlines what happens when you get on Putin’s bad side.
Regardless of how you feel about politics, I think it’s important to educate yourself about what’s going on in the world. Most nations (developed and emerging) know as much, if not more, about what’s going on in the United States.
One easy way to do this is read The Economist (or The Economist Espresso, at the very least). Another way is to read recent memoirs, in the areas you’re interested in. I geek out over politics and the economy, and this book was right up my alley.
There are moments in Red Notice where Bill goes overboard in describing his accomplishments. While they were annoying, the rest of the book made up for it. It reads like a thriller (much like Whisky Tango Foxtrot or Red Sparrow), while giving context to an incredibly key issue facing our world right now.
Please add Red Notice to the top of your reading list. And then come back and tell me what you thought of it.