Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history?
These questions have fascinated people ever since the news broke about the respected New York financier who swindled his friends, relatives, and other investors out of $65 billion through a fraud that lasted for decades. Many have speculated about what might have happened or what must have happened, but no reporter has been able to get the full story-until now.
In The Wizard of Lies, Diana B. Henriques of the New York Times-who has led the paper's coverage of the Madoff scandal since the day the story broke-has written the definitive book on the man and his scheme, drawing on unprecedented access and more than one hundred interviews with people at all levels and on all sides of the crime, including Madoff's first interviews for publication since his arrest. Henriques also provides vivid details from the various lawsuits, government investigations, and court filings that will explode the myths that have come to surround the story.
A true-life financial thriller, The Wizard of Lies contrasts Madoff's remarkable rise on Wall Street, where he became one of the country's most trusted and respected traders, 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.
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"When Madoff's $65 billion investment Ponzi scheme imploded in late 2005, NEW YORK TIMES Senior Financial Writer Henriques was covering the story. She was the first writer to be granted on-the-record interviews after his incarceration, and here she expands the reportage with vast historical research. Pam Ward's voicing is professional and well connected to the content. Her narration is also clear, evenly paced, and listenable. But the work's palpable suspense and intrigue are performed in a relentless manner, so much so that it would have benefited from a somewhat more relaxed delivery in the more neutral text passages dealing with familial and business relationships. Also, the author would have made for more absorbing reportage by offering some flashes of lightness in an otherwise entirely unfortunate and painful all-too-true story. As a result, the listener may be less than riveted despite the fascinating twists and turns of this story of greed that evolves into a portrait of being human. W.A.G. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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