The Wizard of Lies by Diana B. Henriques

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Cogent and well-researched, "The Wizard of Lies" is an engaging narrative that brings together much of the information that has emerged since Madoff confessed in December 2008.
-LA Times

Synopsis

The inside story of Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme, with surprising and shocking new details from Madoff himself.

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.

 

About Diana B. Henriques

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DIANA B. HENRIQUES  is the author of The White Sharks of Wall Street and Fidelity’s World. She is a senior financial writer for The New York Times, having joined the Times staff in 1989. A Polk Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, she has won several awards for her work on the Times’s coverage of the Madoff scandal and was part of the team recognized as a Pulitzer finalist for its coverage of the financial crisis of 2008. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by Times Books. 465 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Good
on May 13 2011

In the end the story holds us not because of the engrossing details of the scam, but because of its human dimension.

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NY Times

Below average
on Apr 25 2011

...Ms. Henriques has given us valuable raw data, but not the analysis we so urgently need.

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LA Times

Good
on Jun 26 2011

Cogent and well-researched, "The Wizard of Lies" is an engaging narrative that brings together much of the information that has emerged since Madoff confessed in December 2008.

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Business Week

Good
on May 05 2011

Henriques exhibits a becoming reportorial modesty throughout The Wizard of Lies. The focus is kept squarely on Madoff...

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The Finance Professional's Post

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on Oct 03 2011

The Wizard of Lies is hard to put down. It reads like a novel.

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