The Wizard of Lies

The Wizard of Lies

Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

Book - 2012
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Examines the life, career, and notorious multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme of the formerly prominent New York financier, as well as the tragic consequences of his criminal activity.

McMillan Palgrave

"An impressive, meticulously reported postmortem. . . . The Wizard of Lies is the definitive book on what Madoff did and how he did it." —Bloomberg Businessweek

Who 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 in The Wizard of Lies, Diana B. Henriques of The New York Times has 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 Lies contrasts 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.



Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2012
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed
ISBN: 9781250007438
1250007437
Characteristics: xxii, 437 pages ; 21 cm

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stewstealth
Jan 11, 2016

A well written book investigating the life and fraud of Bernie Madoff. The pacing of this book is excellent making it very readable. a sobering look at greed and betrayal. Well worth reading if you are interested.

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HopeButterfly
Jun 27, 2012

A fascinating book that reads like a novel. One of the better books on Madoff himself.

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ladyparasol
Jul 06, 2011

I liked this book. First, I was obsessed with the story of Bernie Madoff and the Ponzi scheme when it broke. The book shows how heinous the SEC was in handling this case. While I felt sorry for some people who lost their money, most should have had a clue that something was not right. Denial and greed - a potent combination.

debwalker Jun 18, 2011

The wizard of lies and how greed has destroyed so many lives - including his son's. A fascinating book that reads like a novel.

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