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Ponzi's Scheme The True Story of a Financial Legend

ISBN-10: 0812968360
ISBN-13: 9780812968361
Edition: N/A
Authors: Mitchell Zuckoff
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Description: It was a time when anything seemed possible-instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury-and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors' money in three months,  More...

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

It was a time when anything seemed possible-instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury-and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors' money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the "rob Peter to pay Paul" scam to an art form. At the peak of his success, Ponzi was raking in more than $2 million a week at his office in downtown Boston. Then his house of cards came crashing down-thanks in large part to the relentless investigative reporting of Richard Grozier's Boston Post. A classic American tale of immigrant life and the dream of success, Ponzi's Scheme is the amazing story of the magnetic scoundrel who launched the most successful scheme of financial alchemy in modern history.

Mitchell Zuckoff received a master's degree from the University of Missouri and was a Batten Fellow at the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He is currently a professor of journalism at Boston University. He has written several books including the New York Times bestseller Frozen in Time: An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II, Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II, Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, Ponzi's Scheme: The True Story of a Financial Legend, Judgment Ridge: The True Story Behind the Dartmouth Murders with Dick Lehr and 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi. His work Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey received the Christopher Award. He was a reporter for twenty years, mostly as an investigative reporter and roving national correspondent for The Boston Globe. His articles have appeared in several publications including The New Yorker and Fortune. He received the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Livingston Award for International Reporting, the Heywood Broun Award, and the Associated Press Managing Editors' Public Service Award.

Prologue
"I'm the man."
"I'm guilty."
"Newspaper genius"
"A long circle of bad breaks"
"As restless as the sea"
"An American beauty"
"The almighty dollar"
"A small snowball downhill"
"Always reaching for the moon"
"I never bluff."
"Like stealing candy from a baby"
"Money madness"
"Master of the situation"
"Even his cows couldn't give milk."
"You discovered the money!"
"I feel the strain-inside."
"I'm not the man."
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
A Note on Sources
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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