History of Greed: Financial Fraud from Tulip Mania to Bernie Madoff

  History of Greed: Financial Fraud from Tulip Mania to Bernie Madoff


By David E. Y. Sarna 



From the earliest financial scams of the 17th century,through the headline-grabbing Wall Street scandals of our times, History of Greed provides a comprehensive history of financial fraud. In it, David E. Y. Sarna exposes the true and often riveting stories of how both naïve and sophisticated investors alike were fooled by unscrupulous entrepreneurs, lawyers, hedge fund managers, CPAs, Texas billionaires, political fundraisers and even former Mossad agents.  


History of Greed is the compelling inside story of the names you know — Charles Ponzi, Baron Rothschild, Lou Pearlman — and the names you don’t — Isaac Le Maire, the world’s first “naked” short-seller. It’s also our story — why we ignore the lessons of the past and fall prey, most every time, to the promise of easy money.


Product Details: 

Copyright 2010
ISBN 978-0-470-60180-8
Hardcover, 398 Pages
John Wiley & Sons Publishing

Table of Contents:


Chapter 1: Selling Air

Chapter 2: Crash Postmortem

Chapter 3: Why We Do It

Chapter 4: Securities Fraud

Chapter 5: The Perils of Greed

Chapter 6: The Elements of Financial Fraud

Chapter 7: "Other People's Money"

Chapter 8: Smaller-Company Fraud

Chapter 9: Selling Long and Short

Chapter 10: Market Manipulation

Chapter 11: PIPEs

Chapter 12: Promotion Fraud

Chapter 13: Leaks, Front-Running, and Insider Trading

Chapter 14: Fictitious Volume

Chapter 15: Parachute into Prison

Chapter 16: Affinity Group Fraud

Chapter 17: Twentieth-Century Ponzi Schemes

Chapter 18: Hit Charade

Chapter 19: Hedge Fund Ponzi Fraud

Chapter 20: Madoff and the World’s Largest Ponzi Scheme

Chapter 21: How Madoff Got Away with It

Chapter 22: Madoff Plea and Its Aftermath

Chapter 23: Mopping up after Madoff

Chapter 24: Other Recent Ponzi Schemes

Chapter 25: Stanford Group

Chapter 26: Ultimate Chutzpah 

Chapter 27: Detecting Fraudulent Financial Schemes

Chapter 28: Fraudulent Offerings

Chapter 29: Auction-Rate Securities

Chapter 30: $132 Million Tax-Free Exchange Fraud

Chapter 31: Not Smart

Chapter 32: Boiler Rooms

Chapter 33: Accounting Frauds

Chapter 34: Stock Option Frauds

Chapter 35: Odd and Unusual Financial Frauds

Afterword: What Does the Future Hold?