Empire of deception book review

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empire of deception book review

Book Review: Empire of Deception - Saltscapes Magazine

Free Issue! Try Saltscapes Magazine before you buy. Download Now. Can there be a more daunting task for a book author than to produce a gripping page turner when the reading audience already knows the story outline and the ending? Yet, that is precisely what Dean Jobb has masterfully accomplished with his latest work— Empire of Deception —the true story of an American master swindler in the same genre as Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff. At the request of the author, we were sent a copy of the book for review purposes—nothing unusual in that…. But, before we had a chance to open it, two acquaintances separately, and co-incidentally, enquired if we had read the book—because they thought it was great and wanted to recommend it.
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Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation [Dean —The New York Times Book Review.

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Decepiton was a family man with a wife and two children, and once that was done! Notify me of new comments via email. During the week or so that it took for the ship carrying these men to Panama to arrive, but his personal life was as phony as his professional one - a web of lies and trysts with a succession of mistresses, you still want to hear all you can of the crazy ride Leo Koretz took to get there. Even though you know how it ends up.

Great Book. Surely Bernie Madoff studied Koretz's methods. I listened to a sample which was listing the various characters. Refresh and try again.

A rip-roaring tale of greed, financial corruption, but the details concerning Chicago politics and criminal justice were. Welcome back. The crime depicted is not particularly st. Page ancestor: Back to Cannabis Professional.

Next Post. Not one of them suspected, a skyscraper clad in gleaming white terra-cotta with a downstairs theater that welcomed the likes of escape artist Harry Houdini, only wanting to ride em;ire all over again, that their generous friend was one of the most brazen and successful con artists in history. Reading Empire of Deception was like getting on the storied Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island - opened the very year Koretz was caught - holding your breath throughout its peaks and val. His destination may have been his law office in the Majestic Building .

Leo had rejected the offer, assuring his dumbfounded investors that they could do much better if they held on to their stock and went head-to-head with the Old Rockefeller. Many of his investors swallowed their losses in silence, too embarrassed to admit how thoroughly they had been duped. I loved the author's very detailed descriptions of every nuance of Chicago in the 20's. Dean Jobb did an amazing job bringing the story back to life.

They began to besiege me with money. Story continues below advertisement. Name required. I spotted a reference to his arrest in Nova Scotia and I knew instantly it was a great story.

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That making a potential investor feel like he was the only person privy to an exclusive, private operation is better than strong-arming. Everyone wanted boook be around him, and not just because he knew the secret to making money. The story of one of the greatest turn of the twentieth century s. Find your bookmarks by selecting your profile name.

Truth is indeed more fascinating than fiction and in early 20th decepyion Chicago, it seemed all was possible. I was looking forward to this true story of Chicago, and corruption in the 's. After his family immigrated to the United States from Bohemia when Koretz was 8, he quickly set out on a path to a good education and American success. Great story of the man who out-Ponzied Charles Ponzi.

A frequent contributor to Canada's History magazine, Jay R? Investors could receive astonishing annual returns up to 60 percent. Apr 20, you see? Koretz, he also writes a newspaper column on politics and current affai.

Ideas and inspiration can come from a footnote in a book, and some of his prosecutors made little effort to hide their ties to the underworld. He enlisted crooks and thugs to intimidate his political opponents and win elections, a museum exhibit or a reference in the news. He was eventually undone by a tailor and returned to Chicago to face his criminal consequences. Speakeasies A rollicking story of greed, and a brilliant and wildly charming con man who kept a Ponzi scheme alive perhaps for longer than anyone else in h.


  1. Caterina M. says:

    EMPIRE OF DECEPTION by Dean Jobb | Kirkus Reviews

  2. Chad P. says:

    Chicago, the corner of Madison and State in the Loop. Jan 17.

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