Red Notice

HOLY. SH!T.

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.

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  • Jessie Buckmaster

    My amazon wishlist is now approaching 50% Hitha book recs. (ok not quite, but close ;D)

    I’m a sustainability nerd, so environmental non-fiction is my jam. I recently finished “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate” by Naomi Klein (she also keynoted a recent conference – SO GOOD). She basically tackles the entire history of environmental policy, but makes it accessible, connects everything flawlessly, and manages to take such a massive topic and refine out individual stories. It blew my mind and I already need to re-read it.
    “Collapse” by Jared Diamond is one of my all-time favorites, had to read for a college class. He takes different societal collapses throughout world history and investigates how mistreatment of their environment and resources contributed, if not directly caused, their demise.

    • hithaonthego

      Well that just made my day!
      I’ve just added your two recommendations to my list, and can’t wait to read them! I need to finish Shattered (which is shattering me) and Neil deGrase Tyson’s new book first :)

  • I loved Red Notice – found it frightening and fascinating! I love how pioneering he was and at the same time it became so dangerous. I need to re-read it – has been a couple months and i would love to experience it again since all this news.

    • hithaonthego

      I completely agree. It really puts the threat that Russia poses to the world in context.