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I was actually really interested in this book as an interesting insight into the vice of the financial world. Instead it's a bland, poorly written, factually inaccurate polemic against people who work in finance.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I wouldn't call this a page-turner. Often it read like a series of newspaper articles. But, I have a fascination for fraud tales, and a legal background, and I really clicked with its thoroughness in describing the schemes, and also the procedural details of the "crime and punishment" side of the stories. I like the combo of enough story and enough technical detail to be satisfying on both fronts. The stories are not an exhaustive review of frauds from tulip days to Madoffs'. The narrative skips across big stretches of history and quickly lands in modern times. But there is no lack of lurid fraud schemes in recent years -- the most famous are here. The Madoff aftermath story was not completed as of this publication -- "The Wizard of Lies" audiobook goes deeper in detail and gives a more updated story of that. All in all, though, I am very satisfied with this book.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
This was a great listen, and you will want to be able to re-listen to parts of this book. Sometimes it is information dense, and I found I needed to re-listen to that part to get all the information. It was very educational on the way greed works on the corporate level.
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