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Audrey Roussell Releases New Book: “Whiz Kid – The Rise, Fall & Redemption of Daniel Gordon”

Ten years ago, Daniel Gordon stunned the world by admitting to having orchestrated an illegal $43 million derivative transaction while an executive at Merrill Lynch. In her latest book – “Whiz Kid – The Rise, Fall & Redemption of Daniel Gordon”, Audrey Roussell – a former US energy equity analyst turned freelance journalist - traces Daniel Gordon’s actions while at Merrill Lynch as well as his efforts since being released from prison.

London, United Kingdom, June 23, 2012 --( Scheduled for release on June 20, 2012 the book, reintroduces the world to a fascinating and brilliant individual whose rise to the top of the energy trading industry was matched only by his downfall. Gordon, who at age 22 was hired to head Merrill Lynch’s Global Energy Markets trading business, was a world-renowned “whiz kid” responsible for generating billions of dollars in profits for Merrill Lynch in the deregulating US energy industry. Gordon would ultimately plead guilty to crimes relating to the derivative transaction and served 19 months in federal prison.

In the book Roussell details the various aspects of Gordon’s personal and professional life – including his personal friendships, his marriage and subsequent divorce, personal tragedies that have shaped his personality and philosophy and his plans for the future. While financial impresarios who have similar fates as Gordon tend to remain in the shadows of society, Gordon has done just the opposite. As the head of a multi-billion dollar private investment firm, Gordon remains a forceful presence in the financial world. His past financial generosity and his commitment of hundreds of millions of dollars in future charitable giving make him an even more rarified example of a financial criminal who may very well have learned from his youthful indiscretion. According to Roussell, “Dan Gordon is not the typical anything. He is unique in many respects and truly is a ‘whiz kid.’ The question that I have tried to address for readers is ‘what kind of man is he’ and ‘does he deserve society’s redemption?’”

“Whiz Kid – The Rise, Fall & Redemption of Daniel Gordon” by Audrey Roussell was available at the following online retailers: and Barnes & Noble on June 20th, 2012.
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