Empire of Deception

Empire of Deception

The Incredible Story of A Master Swindler Who Seduced A City and Captivated the Nation

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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A tale of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit, illicit sex, and a brilliant and charming con man on the town and then on the lam, this book is a rich and detailed account of a man and an era, as well as a fascinating look at the methods of swindlers throughout history. Leo Koretz was the Bernie Madoff of his day, and Dean Jobb shows us that the American dream of easy wealth is timeless.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616201753
Characteristics: x, 336 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Summary: A tale of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit, illicit sex, and a brilliant and charming con man on the town and then on the lam, this book is a rich and detailed account of a man and an era, as well as a fascinating look at the methods of swindlers throughout history. Leo Koretz was the Bernie Madoff of his day, and Dean Jobb shows us that the American dream of easy wealth is timeless.

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richibi
Sep 12, 2016

a fascinating story brilliantly told, reads like a bestseller

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jamlover2
Aug 20, 2015

Very well written, and the author was able to convey a clear picture of the sights, images and fashions of the era. I also found it moderately humorous, although other emotions such as pity and contempt were also ignited. I think that one sub-theme was not adequately addressed, which is the real underlying reason why Koretz acted the way he did in Chicago and Nova Scotia. Was it to counter-balance his insecurities? Was it his need to be admired and always at the centre of attention?
This however is not a shortcoming of the author, as only Koretz himself could provide these answers.

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