The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

By: Diana B. Henriques

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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.

Product Details

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ISBN 978-1-250-00743-8
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin
Published 2012
Pages 464
Format Paperback

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 An Earthquake on Wall Street
Chapter 2 Becoming Bernie
Chapter 3 The Hunger for Yield
Chapter 4 The Big Four
Chapter 5 The Cash Spigot
Chapter 6 What They Wanted to Believe
Chapter 7 Warning Signs
Chapter 8 A Near-Death Experience
Chapter 9 Madoff's World
Chapter 10 The Year of Living Dangerously
Chapter 11 Waking Up in the Rubble
Chapter 12 Reckoning the Damage
Chapter 13 Net Winners and Net Losers
Chapter 14 The Sins of the Father
Chapter 15 The Wheels of Justice
Chapter 16 Hope, Lost and Found
Chapter 17 The Long Road Forward

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