The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

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11 Critic Reviews

For a book that's supposed to be a mea culpa, Belfort has very little to say about the investors that Belfort and his brokers hurt.
-Forbes

Synopsis

Now a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home, and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called . . .

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess that no one could invent.

Reputedly the prototype for the film Boiler Room, Stratton Oakmont turned microcap investing into a wickedly lucrative game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out brokers browbeat clients into stock buys that were guaranteed to earn obscene profits—for the house. But an insatiable appetite for debauchery, questionable tactics, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe designer named Steve Madden would land Belfort on both sides of the law and into a harrowing darkness all his own.

From the stormy relationship Belfort shared with his model-wife as they ran a madcap household that included two young children, a full-time staff of twenty-two, a pair of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere—even as the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them—to the unbridled hedonism of his office life, here is the extraordinary story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down . . .

Praise for The Wolf of Wall Street

“Raw and frequently hilarious.”—The New York Times
 
“A rollicking tale of [Jordan Belfort’s] rise to riches as head of the infamous boiler room Stratton Oakmont . . . proof that there are indeed second acts in American lives.”—Forbes
 
“A cross between Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities and Scorsese’s GoodFellas . . . Belfort has the Midas touch.”—The Sunday Times (London)
 
“Entertaining as pulp fiction, real as a federal indictment . . . a hell of a read.”—Kirkus Reviews


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Jordan Belfort

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After graduating from American University, Jordan Belfort worked on Wall Street for ten years. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his two children.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published September 25, 2007 by Bantam. 530 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime, Political & Social Sciences, History, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Forbes

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Reviewed by Michael Maiello on Oct 10 2007

For a book that's supposed to be a mea culpa, Belfort has very little to say about the investors that Belfort and his brokers hurt.

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Irish Times

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Reviewed by Claire Looby on Feb 04 2014

Jordan Belfort’s memoir of his questionable financial activities from the early 1990s reads like a novel, the highest of high fiction, but is as chilling as only brutal fact can be.

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Bloomberg

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Reviewed by Susan Antilla on Oct 17 2007

The book often reads like a slick paperback romance, as Belfort weaves in phrases like ``loamy loins'' (a favorite of Tom Wolfe, his literary hero) to describe female companions. It has value beyond the seamy sex scenes, too...

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Reviewed by teresa.bocanegra on Sep 14 2013

The book is disturbing, and I was often surprised at the level of detail and personal information he gave out regarding other people who were in his life at the time. I am sure they had some explaining to do to their own loved ones when this book came out.

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The Times

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Reviewed by Janice Roberts on Nov 29 2010

It's a pity the book doesn't explain how Belfort built up his incredible wealth. Neither does it provide the reader with any information about Belfort's prison term.

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Reviewed by Stockerblog.com on Sep 08 2013

...if you are offended by lots of dirty words, then don’t read The Wolf of Wall Street...Otherwise, if you want an eye-opener on the seamy seedy side of Wall Street, then read The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Bermuda Onion's Weblog

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on Mar 18 2014

Belfort has a big ego and never seemed remorseful for his actions and it was all too much for me. I have a feeling those who enjoyed the movie would probably enjoy the book as well.

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Info Barrel

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Reviewed by Toebunkers on Mar 27 2012

The hedonistic stories are great but it's a bit like watching an action movie with two hours of explosions and absolutely no storyline. It all gets a bit repetitive after a while.

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http://allreaders.com

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on Apr 04 2014

This is a true story and there are absolutely no limitations; nor in the depictions of numerous acts performed, nor in Jordan's fall into an emotional abyss following his desperate attempts at further materializing his prestige.

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Reviewed by Lora on Jul 02 2010

Do you want a soft, romantic, Holywood-type story or do you want the real thing? Because in life, no one is going to sugar-coat it for you - this is the life of the big money and power.

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Daily Finance

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Reviewed by Zac BissonnetteZac Bissonnette RSS Feed on Oct 04 2007

...there just isn't that much detail about the crimes here: too much of the book is devoted to Belfort's decadent lifestyle, and it gets repetitive and boring.

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