Escape to the Future by Leo Melamed

The story of the building of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

It is difficult not to warm to somebody who can quote a friend's teasing comment that he is 'a legend in his own mind'. That attitude is typical of Melamed. His book occasionally wavers on the brink of turning into one continuous recital of triumphs, but as the above joke shows he seems to have managed to keep his ego within reasonable bounds. Of course, in steering the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to one the greatest futures trading exchanges on the planet, he has much to be proud of.

Bridge player, game boy wizard, qualified lawyer, expert trader, Yiddish theatre lover and a fanatic about fast cars, Melamed's story is about how...

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