The Wolf of Wall Street

by Jordan Belfort

Random House Publishing Group | September 25, 2007 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Wolf of Wall Street is rated 2 out of 5 by 5.
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


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Published: September 25, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0553904248

ISBN - 13: 9780553904246

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard read I did not enjoy this book despite being an avid reader. It is hard to believe that these things actually go on. Would not recommend and did not enjoy the movie either.
Date published: 2014-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boys behaving badly I'm a big fan of reading the book before the movie comes out. Knowing this book had been adapted to a movie starring Leo DiCaprio made me keen to pick it up. I'm sure it will make a great Hollywood feature. But as a memoir, it was disturbing, raw, crass and all about boys behaving badly. Jordan has more money than he knows what to do with, made through his brilliance and abuse of SEC regulations. But at its heart, this is a story about addiction and a life spiralling out of control. The bits about his violation of securities laws, money laundering and his general scheming and out-smarting of the system were interesting. His life was a shamble. And after over 500 pages of reading about how he narrowly escapes death and imprisonment on a near daily basis, we are now forced into a sequel to see just how it is that his story plays out. I'm undecided on whether I'll read the sequel - I need a break from his antics.
Date published: 2013-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A fascinating story I believe that The Wolf of Wall Street was an effective memoir due to the fact that it succeeded with various key elements any good memoir must include such as; self discovery, drama and conflict. Throughout his writings he experiences 3 main elements of self-discovery and transformation, one being he was honest with himself and the world no matter the subject. Along those same lines he took responsibility for his actions, even when he was at his worst he never denied his accountability in what happened to him and his family. Whether it had to do with his criminal activities, massive drug abuse or eventually turning his life around, no matter he never blamed those around him not even his chief enablers. After living one of the wildest lifestyles ever, he realizes the price he and his family were paying for what he was doing and discovers that he has the ability to change and be the man that he had been promising to be. Along with showing a great chain of self discovery and personal transformation it of course was very dramatic and so much so that it leads one to believe that the stories were exaggerated, but like the rest of his life it was documented in the media. This memoir had 3 main storylines all dramatic in their own way, the first of course being his life of white collar crime, giving the reader a dramatic insight to a world that very few get the chance to see. The second dramatic storyline would be his family, while the book is littered with his regrets on the matter of his fathering the story of the (often volatile) Duchess of Bay Ridge, a pet name for his wife, is one sure to catch the reader off guard. Lastly is the story of Belfort’s nearly deadly addiction which created the conflict of a man battling himself for control of a far to strung out and intelligent mind. Over all Belfort’s crimes, family and addiction is more than enough to keep the reader from putting the book down. Lastly one of the reasons The Wolf of Wall Street was such an interesting book was that Belfort was in a nearly constant state of conflict with; himself, his family and eventually the government. The first and what I believe to be the most interesting conflict in the book is the internal battle he was fighting through the decade between his sober wants and his addiction handicap. The second being his family, when Belfort wasn’t stoned out of his mind he was working first with the Stratton Brokerage and then Steve Madden Shoes, this clearly in conflict with the need for him to spend time with his family. Lastly Belfort came into conflict with the government, although he spent a majority of the book avoiding such conflict through various precautionary measures, he was eventually caught and imprisoned. This memoir was able to achieve various elements of what make a good memoir the main points being; self-discovery, drama and conflict.
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Is Wolfish For Sure This book certainly lived up to it's cover reviews. It' crass to the bone. The book while not eloquently written, it's raw. Some of the stories seem quite over the top, almost unbelivable, but the author certainly has addressed the dark side of wall street to the very core. I can't say I relate to the lifestyle described, nor would I want to, however, it was at the least entertaining. It's an easy read, full of adventures and crazy stories and left me happy to have a simple life.
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from If you're a non-PC sort of person, you may like this one. "If you've ever wondered what goes on in the head of a vain sociopath, the Wolf of Wall Street will give you a unique glimpse into the mind of someone so self-centered, he makes Narcissus look like Mother Theresa (you've probably come across one of these types over the years). Although an entertaining read (assuming you have no qualms about seeing the f-bomb on each and every page and reading about deviant acts ad infinitum) there was one thing missing from the entire story: remorse, or even realization that his actions resulted in millions of dollars of damage to not only his own property and that of investors' portfolios, but also some pretty deep emotional scars for all involved. Self-destructing is one thing, but taking a cadre of innocents with you is another (you'll know how he does this as you read). I almost had to abort the read, as early on he goes on and on and on about how beautiful his wife is...not that I'd fault him for that, she's his wife, but to laud her for pages and then, more than a few times, later in the book he goes on and on about her. And of course his kids are both the most beautiful geniuses in the world...of course. All in all, it's a nice bit of fantasy (or at least one side of what happened for the few years he was on top of the world). It's also a way for us mortals to peer into the brain of a true nut...I just wish he had a little more humanity and was able to see that his entire M.O. (not just what he blew his money on) was flawed from the start.
Date published: 2010-09-23

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The Wolf of Wall Street

by Jordan Belfort

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 25, 2007

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553904248

ISBN - 13: 9780553904246

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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


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