An attorney recollects his participation in a civil trial that resulted from a catastrophic meltdown of the global silver market in this debut book.
In 1979, Nelson Bunker Hunt, an “infamous Texas oil tycoon,” concocted a plan as audacious as it was illegal. He organized a massive purchase of the world’s silver supply in order to manipulate the price for his own financial aggrandizement. …
The author’s remembrance is astonishingly detailed, a vivid chronicle of a trial that turned out to be of historical and economic significance. The financial particulars can be hyper-technical for those unfamiliar with the labyrinthine machinations of the metals markets, but Cymrot gracefully manages to render clear the naturally convoluted. This is more than a trial transcript—the author ably transforms the facts into a real story, a novelistic depiction of extraordinary fiscal subterfuge. Cymrot has produced something rare—a genuinely thrilling financial drama.
– Kirkus Reviews
Unearthing the intricacies of a worldwide conspiracy, tracing billions into brokerage firms and seemingly impenetrable Swiss bank accounts, and shaping a narrative to convince a jury is the work of a trial lawyer. But how is it done in the face of talented advocates mocking your case as a “broad daylight conspiracy” or a “cropped photograph?” In Squeezing Silver, Mark Cymrot explores his insights for legal thriller junkies and students of trial practice.
Go inside the courtroom of one of the most important trials of recent decades. Meet famed Texas oil billionaire, Nelson Bunker Hunt, who along with Saudi royalty, manipulated silver prices from $9-$51 in 1979-80. Glimpse their posh lifestyle, and ponder the surprising conflicts of interest at the commodity exchanges that stayed the hands of the regulators, led to the silver market crash and the first too-big-to-fail bailout engineered by Fed Chairman Paul Volcker to save the US economy.