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A fascinating view inside what was perhaps our first modern financial meltdown. Mark Cymrot’s meticulous account reads like a legal thriller – complete with larger than life characters, secret liaisons, and all the machinations we have come to expect from powerful defendants. In the end, there was justice, of a particular yet meaningful American sort. Could this still happen today?

Simon H. Johnson

Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund (2007-08), Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and senior fellow at the Peterson Institute of International Economics

Whenever I look back to the start of my career, I realize how fortunate I was to work under the leadership of Mark Cymrot in the landmark lawsuit against Nelson Bunker Hunt for manipulating silver prices. In Squeezing Silver, Mark shows you why!

Pedro Pierluisi

Member of Congress (PR, 2009-16), Attorney General of Puerto Rico (1993-96)

Even though I knew the story, I read it as it were a thriller, thinking of you before the jury.  What a fantastic description and memorable episodes!
Coaraci Nogueira do Vale

Rosman, Penalva, Souza Leão, Franco, Vale Advogados | Sao Paulo, Brazil

I read it with great interest.  It was exciting to read even though I knew the outcome!

Arthur H. Patterson, Ph.D.


….I finished Squeezing Silver?  Aside from scaring the bejesus out of me regarding the upcoming trial on which I will be a witness, I thought it was a fun read.  A very technical topic that Mark was able to make narrative.  At the very end, his discussion of how the losses threatened the banking system conjured up long forgotten memories of the bad ole days of Glass Steagall and the McFadden Act.

I gave it five stars on “Good Reads”!

Charles Marc Abbey

Partner, Accenture

In Squeezing Silver, Mark Cymrot depicts his intense confrontation as a young lawyer with three legal titans in the midst of a historic trial.  Having known these four fine lawyers, I know Mark’s descriptions are realistic and perceptive. The story is exciting, and Mark’s insights about a remarkable courtroom battle are uniquely revealing.

Michael D. Hess

Corporation Counsel of the City of New York (1998-2001), founding partner of Giuliani Partners LLC, and an experienced trial lawyer

Squeezing Silver is a major reference for those who want to bring about justice through the courts. This captivating book explains Mark’s outstanding legal work for Minpeco. In our later work together, we recovered millions of dollars for Peru due to his extraordinary skills as a litigator.

Jose Ugaz

Chairman, Transparency International (2014-16), Ad-Hoc Prosecutor of Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori (2002-02), and partner in Benites, Vargas & Ugaz in Lima

A fast read with timeless significance.
With vivid descriptions of characters and events, attorney Mark Cymrot brings alive crucial moments and memorable tensions in the 1988 trial that unveiled one of America’s most colorful and creative financial deceptions: the 1979-1980 scheme to rig the world silver market.  In his nonfiction legal thriller, Mr. Cymrot deftly tells the story of how three sons of Texas wildcatter H.L. Hunt conspired with two Arab sheiks and others, meeting at thoroughbred horseracing events and luxury hotels worldwide, in a plot to hoard silver bullion.  In so doing, Mr. Cymrot brings an immensely complex and intriguing civil case to the general reader, in the same way that he and his team of young trial lawyers unraveled the components of the conspiracy with such stunning clarity that the jurors could easily comprehend the details and the extent of the wrongdoing.    It’s a fast read; it’s also timeless, as this excerpt from Mr. Cymrot’s opening argument shows:  “We are talking about a group of privileged men who used their power and influence to push up the price of silver illegally. We will show that they did this using their incredible fortunes with an utter contempt for the very legal economic systems that were so very good to them.

Ann Hagedorn

Staff reporter who covered trial, Wall Street Journal

 I suspect a common theme among the Minpeco team Members to your book is a very big THANK YOU for telling such an entertaining and compelling story and making all of our work come alive again after a thirty year break.  You took me back to the way I felt in buying the editions of the NY Times late Saturday night as they hit the streets with the news of the Jury Verdict.  You have made me (and am sure all of us) feel very proud again to be part of such a great time and under your wonderful leadership.  I loved the book.  

Scott D. Andersen

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP