Ms. Childs spent hours speaking with Mr. Gross and has produced a vivid account of his extraordinary career.
Read DealBook’s conversation with Childs about Mr. Gross and “The Bond King” here.
FREEZING ORDER: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath, by Bill Browder
Bill Browder, a British American financier, was once one of the biggest foreign investors in Russia. He made a fortune after the collapse of communism through his Moscow-based hedge fund Hermitage Capital Management, investing in undervalued companies, driving up the share price and selling. But after pushing back against corruption, Mr. Browder liquidated his fund and left the country — and became one of President Vladimir Putin’s biggest enemies.
Mr. Browder has been a vocal critic of Putin ever since, and in 2009, Sergei Magnitsky, his tax lawyer, exposed a multimillion-dollar fraud by government officials. Mr. Magnitsky was arrested and died in prison nearly a year later, but Mr. Browder has used his name to maintain pressure on the regime. In 2012, Congress passed the Magnitsky Act, allowing officials to punish those suspected of abusing human rights, including by limiting travel and freezing their assets.
“Freezing Order,” Mr. Browder’s second book, tells the story of how he was targeted after leaving Russia, alleging that he has been the subject of honey traps, chased through cities, had allies based in Russia murdered, and attacked by leading politicians and top lawyers in the west.
Read DealBook’s conversation with Mr. Browder about Russia here.
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BUILD: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making, by Tony Fadell
“Build,” a book by Mr. Fadell, a former Apple and Google executive, was an incredibly useful, practical and inspiring “Bible” for builders like me. What I loved about it, surprisingly, was that there was nothing in it that I didn’t already “know” but there was plenty in there that I don’t regularly do.