The Wizard of Lies

The Wizard of Lies

Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

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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

Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history?

This question has long fascinated people, 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 and bestselling account of the man and his scheme, drawing on unprecedented access and more than one hundred interviews, including Madoff’s first interviews for publication following his arrest. Henriques 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—and now a major HBO film starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer—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,, 2017.
Edition: Second St. Martin's Griffin edition.
ISBN: 9781250116581
Characteristics: xxii, 437 pages ; 21 cm.


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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.

Jun 27, 2012

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

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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