The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

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The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

by Diana B Henriques, Diana B. Henriques

Henry Holt and Co. | October 3, 2012 | Hardcover

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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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.57 in

Published: October 3, 2012

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805091343

ISBN - 13: 9780805091342

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The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

by Diana B Henriques, Diana B. Henriques

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 448 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 1.57 in

Published: October 3, 2012

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805091343

ISBN - 13: 9780805091342

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1 An Earthquake on Wall Street Monday, December 8, 2008 He is ready to stop now, ready to just let his vast fraud tumble down around him. Despite his confident posturing and his apparent imperviousness to the increasing market turmoil, his investors are deserting him. The Spanish banking executives who visited him on Thanksgiving Day still want to withdraw their money. So do the Italians running the Kingate funds in London, and the managers of the fund in Gibraltar and the Dutch-run fund in the Caymans, and even Sonja Kohn in Vienna, one of his biggest boosters. That''s more than $1.5 billion right there, from just a handful of feeder funds. Then there''s the continued hemorrhaging at Fairfield Greenwich Group—$980 million through November and now another $580 million for December. If he writes a check for the December redemptions, it will bounce. There''s no way he can borrow enough money to cover those withdrawals. Banks aren''t lending to anyone now, certainly not to a midlevel wholesale outfit like his. His brokerage firm may still seem impressive to his trusting investors, but to nervous bankers and harried regulators today, Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities is definitely not "too big to fail." Last week he called a defense lawyer, Ike Sorkin. There''s probably not much that even a formidable attorney like Sorkin can do for him at this point, but he''s going to need a lawyer. He made an appointment for 11:30 am on Friday, December 12. He''s still unsure of wh
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Table of Contents

Cast of Characters xi
Prologue xvii
1. An Earthquake on Wall Street 1
2. Becoming Bernie 24
3. The Hunger for Yield 42
4. The Big Four 57
5. The Cash Spigot 71
6. What They Wanted to Believe 92
7. Warning Signs 116
8. A Near-Death Experience 139
9. Madoff''s World 160
10. The Year of Living Dangerously 181
11. Waking Up in the Rubble 210
12. Reckoning the Damage 231
13. Net Winners and Net Losers 254
14. The Sins of the Father 270
15. The Wheels of Justice 292
16. Hope, Lost and Found 313
Epilogue 332
Notes 349
Acknowledgments 401
Index 405

From the Publisher

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 the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Riveting reading. . . . [Henriques] probably knows more than anyone outside the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission about the mechanics of the fraud. As a consequence, in The Wizard of Lies she is able to add significant detail to the story. . . . In the end the story holds us not because of the engrossing details of the scam, but because of the human dimension."--Liaquat Ahamed, The New York Times Book Review "Henriques offers an impressive, meticulously reported postmortem not only of the Ponzi scheme but also of Madoff''s entire career. . . . The Wizard of Lies is the definitive book on what Madoff did and how he did it."-- Bloomberg Businessweek "In The Wizard of Lies , Diana Henriques, who covered the Madoff scandal for the New York Times , offers a riveting history of Mr Madoff’s shady dealings and the shattering consequences of his theft. . . . She offers a raw and surprisingly moving portrait about the toll that Mr Madoff’s deceit took on his family."— The Economist "Entertaining… Cogent and well researched, The Wizard of Lies is an engaging narrative…  [The book] reveals many moments where Madoff might have been stopped. But his investors were too trusting or too greedy to ask the right questions and US regulators were too cowed and too disorganised."-- Financial Times                          
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