Empire Of Deception: From Chicago To Nova Scotia - The Incredible by Dean JobbEmpire Of Deception: From Chicago To Nova Scotia - The Incredible by Dean Jobb

Empire Of Deception: From Chicago To Nova Scotia - The Incredible

byDean Jobb

Hardcover | May 19, 2015

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In the tradition of bestselling books like The Devil in the White City and The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, Empire of Deception combines investigative journalism and captivating storytelling to examine one of the greatest con men of the twentieth century

It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it more mad than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. Speakeasies thrived, gang war shootings announced Al Capone's rise to underworld domination, Chicago's corrupt political leaders fraternized with gangsters and the frenzy of stock market gambling was rampant. Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people to invest as much as $30 million—upwards of $400 million today—in phantom timberland and non-existent oil wells in Panama. When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished, and the Chicago state's attorney, a man whose lust for power equalled Leo's own lust for money, began an international manhunt that lasted almost a year. When finally apprehended, Leo was living a life of luxury in Nova Scotia under the assumed identity of a book dealer and literary critic. His mysterious death in a Chicago prison topped anything in his almost-too-bizarre-to-believe life.

Empire of Deception is not only an incredibly rich and detailed account of a man and an era; it is a fascinating look at the methods of swindlers throughout history. Leo Koretz was the Bernie Madoff of his day, and Dean Jobb shows us that the dream of easy wealth is a timeless commodity.

DEAN JOBBis the author of six books, includingCalculated Risk: Greed, Politics and the Westray Tragedy, which won the City of Dartmouth book award and was runner-up for the National Business Book Award. A staff reporter for theHalifax Chronicle-Heraldfor twenty years, he is now a professor in the School of Journalism, University of Kin...
Title:Empire Of Deception: From Chicago To Nova Scotia - The IncredibleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.13 inPublished:May 19, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443441082

ISBN - 13:9781443441087

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fantastic read! I could not put this book down once I got started. The scrutinization of this scandal is remarkable. An amazing story told only by one of the best crime writers in Canada.
Date published: 2016-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story with a Canadian twist "Empire of Deception" takes us to 1920s Chicago, where lawyer Leo Koretz spins to his friends and family a story of lumber and oil in the Panamanian jungle. Soon they're practically begging him to let them invest, and Koretz takes millions. Eventually the scheme collapses - "you'll be surprised" says Koretz to a group of investors as they board a steamer for Panama - but Koretz skips town and ends up living under an assumed name in Nova Scotia. Since I live in Nova Scotia, that last hook was enough for me to buy the book. Even without the local angle, though, this is a great read. I finished it quickly, because I whenever I put it down, I just wanted to pick it up again to see what happened next. By the time I finished, I felt like I understood both the charming Koretz and his nemesis, prosecutor Robert Crowe. The descriptions of long-ago Chicago and Nova Scotia are vivid enough to take you there. And even though it's hard to believe that so many people fell for Koretz' scam, they did. This is a true story that reads like a novel. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2015-06-08

Editorial Reviews

“Except to those being swindled, swindlers make wonderful, swaggering copy, and Dean Jobb has made splendid use of the material in this juicy retelling. What a great caper movie this would make!”