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Almost single-handedly, he transformed a minor commodity exchange into the leading futures market in the world. His influence was and remains worldwide. Warren Buffett did it in investing, Bill Gates in software. Leo Melamed, author of this book, is in that same league.

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Almost single-handedly, he transformed a minor commodity exchange into the leading futures market in the world. His influence was and remains worldwide. Warren Buffett did it in investing, Bill Gates in software. Leo Melamed, author of this book, is in that same league. He truly revolutionized futures trading in the United States, and in the world. This book tells how.

Trade Representative "A grizzled old Merc trader once assured me that nobody ever lost by being long on Leo. Why that's so, this endlessly fascinating personal history makes clear. It shows how an immigrant boy, after surviving unimaginable horrors, drew on the 'elan, combativeness, and sophisticated conviction' learned from his equally remarkable father to build the CME and to lay the foundations of the modern, Chicago-based, financial services industry.

To say there would not have been a financial futures industry without Leo is probably only a slight exaggeration!!! It also serves as yet another poignant reminder of the immeasurable losses --in the arts, sciences, professions, and everyday life--humanity suffered because of the Holocaust. Yet, Leo Melamed was not born to wealth and influence. His is an extraordinary rags-to-riches tale of intelligence, drive, savvy, timing, and the overpowering force of a uniquely charismatic personality.

Now the inside story of the remarkable life and career of Leo Melamed is revealed in this long-awaited autobiography. A Holocaust survivor, Leo Melamed had barely begun the first grade in when he and his parents fled their native Poland one step ahead of the oncoming Nazi juggernaut. Crossing Siberia en route to a brief stay in Japan--just months before Pearl Harbor--the family arrived in the United States to begin life anew.

They settled in Chicago, where young Leo became a product of the inner city and embraced his new country and its culture. Seeking part-time employment while attending law school, Leo Melamed answered a classified ad that would change his life. The shouting among the traders, the movement of their bodies and hands, captivated me like nothing before. From modest beginnings as a pork belly trader, he led the Chicago Merc for the next quarter of a century, introducing finance to an industry that was the exclusive domain of agriculture.

As his reputation as a financial genius grew, so did the tales of his larger-than-life personality. In Leo Melamed: Escape to the Futures, you'll meet the man behind the legend.

Written with the assistance of award-winning journalist Bob Tamarkin, this enthralling memoir deftly weaves intimate personal details with behind-the-scenes accounts of some of the most momentous financial events of our century--including Leo's role as advisor to the White House after the Hillary Rodham Clinton cattle futures trading episode. Offering penetrating insights into the workings of a multibillion dollar industry, this is a story that has as much to say about human nature as it does about the nature of today's markets.

Hailed as both hero and tyrant, Leo Melamed is undeniably one of the most colorful and intriguing personalities of our time. This intimate, revealing personal account is not to be missed. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Leo Melamed , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews.

Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Leo Melamed: Escape to the Futures. Jun 13, May Ling rated it it was amazing Shelves: finance. I am definitely bias where this book is concerned, but it is by far one of the more insightful books about exchanges, futures, and the markets as a whole.

Yes, it is an autobiography. However, it more a story about real leadership and the birth of innovation. For those considering the book, I would suggest that you don't consider the epilogue something to be skiipped. It is as important as any other part of the book. It's almost sad to think this wake-up call was written in the context of anothe I am definitely bias where this book is concerned, but it is by far one of the more insightful books about exchanges, futures, and the markets as a whole.

It's almost sad to think this wake-up call was written in the context of another crisis more than a decade ago. It is depressing that they regulators still appear to need the eloquently written words of a market leader. After one reads this book and considers current circumstances with respect to the "innnovations of today" I think it becomes glaringly clear the potential problems and pitfalls that have the potential to occur in a world desperate to regulate and control that which it hasn't taken the time to understand.

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Leo Melamed was 7 when he and his family fled Poland to escape the Nazis. They traveled to Lithuania, where a Japanese consular official defied government orders by issuing a coveted travel visa that allowed them to immigrate to the United States. Melamed, now 82, became a world-renowned player in the financial industry. As head of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he helped introduce electronic trading to the futures industry in the U. That childhood connection to Asia was underlined this month when a Tokyo university gave Melamed an honorary degree for his work highlighting the wartime heroism of that long-ago official.

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Leo Melamed: Escape to the Futures. A Holocaust survivor, Leo Melamed had barely begun the first grade in when his parents and he fled their native Poland one step ahead of the oncoming Nazi juggernaut. Crossing Siberia en route to a brief stay in Japan- just months before Pearl Harbor -the family arrived in the United States to begin life anew. They settled in Chicago, where young Leo became a product of the inner city, embracing his new country and its culture. Seeking part-time employment while attending law school, Leo Melamed answered a classified ad that would change his life. From modest beginnings as a pork belly trader, he led the Chicago Merc for the next quarter century, introducing finance to an industry that was the exclusive domain of agriculture.

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