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Wizard of Lies Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

ISBN-10: 1250007437
ISBN-13: 9781250007438
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Description: "An impressive, meticulously reported postmortem. . . .The Wizard of Liesis the definitive book on what Madoff did and how he did it."—Bloomberg BusinessweekWho is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history?This  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.50
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 5/8/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

"An impressive, meticulously reported postmortem. . . .The Wizard of Liesis the definitive book on what Madoff did and how he did it."—Bloomberg BusinessweekWho is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history?This question has fascinated people ever since the news broke about the New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion. And inThe Wizard of Lies,Diana B. Henriques ofThe New York Timeshas written the definitive book on the man and his scheme, drawing on unprecedented access and more than one hundred interviews, including Bernie Madoff’s first interviews for publication since his arrest. Henriques also provides vivid details from the lawsuits and government investigations that explode the myths that have come to surround the story, and in a revised and expanded epilogue she unravels the latest legal developments.A true-life financial thriller,The Wizard of Liescontrasts Madoff’s remarkable rise on Wall Street with dramatic scenes from his accelerating slide toward self-destruction. It is also the most complete account of the heartbreaking personal disasters and landmark legal battles triggered by Madoff’s downfall—the suicides, business failures, fractured families, shuttered charities—and the clear lessons this timeless scandal offers to Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street.

Diana B. Henriquesis the author ofThe White Sharks of Wall StreetandFidelity’s World. She is a senior financial writer forThe New York Times, having joined theTimesstaff in 1989. A Polk Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, she has won several awards for her work on the Times’s coverage of the Madoff scandal and was part of the team recognized as a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the financial crisis of 2008. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.

Cast of Characters
Prologue
An Earthquake on Wall Street
Becoming Bernie
The Hunger for Yield
The Big Four
The Cash Spigot
What they Wanted to Believe
Warning Signs
A Near-Death Experience
Madoff's World
The Year of Living Dangerously
Waking Up in the Rubble
Reckoning the Damage
Net Winners and Net Losers
The Sins of the Father
The Wheels of Justice
Hope, Lost and Found
The Long Road Forward
Epilogue
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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