The Wolf of Wall Street

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byJordan Belfort

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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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Now a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprioNEW 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 w...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 25, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and Way Too Funny!!!! I have never seen the movie but Belfort is a gifted writer with a talent for humour. He gets into the nitty gritty of his drug use; nefarious business practices; sexual indiscretions; marital woes; and overall being a very degenerate person. But in spite of all that he takes you on a roller coaster ride that does not let up! There were so many times I laughed out loud that I lost count. If you're in need for some entertainment pick up this book, grab a coffee, and then settle in for the weekend. The scenes alone between him and his trophy wife are a gem! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!!!!
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Drug deterrent! If anything, this book serves as a reason to not indulge in the drug-fuelled madness described herein. Thanks for that, Jordan! All-in-all an excellent, well-written novel. Say No to drugs.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read and after reading the book i would say the movie didn't do the book justice i don;t understand how people cannot like this book, its great! jordans life was an interesting one too say the least, he holds nothing back in this book and the book is 10x more wild than the movie now i will tell u the book is not too be looked at as a story or a great novel its someone explaining their life and I for one did not find this book dry at all because i loved the movie and i wanted too know just how messed up this guys life was and how he did and let me tell it its absolutely hilarious and its amazing he has so much too tell, book is definitely a mature read but without a doubt the most entertaining and funniest life story i have ever read
Date published: 2015-04-08
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 5 out of 5 by from Everybody's got a price... If you're looking for a true story full of money drugs and debauchery, this is the book for you. I very much enjoyed every part of the story.
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Sreet A great read. Much more revealing than the movie is. It's difficult to feel sympathy and empathy for an individual like Jordan; however, the book makes it possible. Somehow, the reader is able to relate to an individual who's lifestyle is so dramatically different than anything imaginable. The book, written by a self-described "money-guy," is surprisingly detailed and we'll written. Perhaps the largest difference between the movie and the book is the relationship that develops between Jordan and his family. The movie just doesn't do it justice. 5-out-of-5 stars!
Date published: 2014-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wallstreet It would be unbelievable fiction if it weren't true.
Date published: 2014-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street Fascinating read !
Date published: 2014-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street Interesting story about how a person can become so greedy to ruin his whole life and those of others.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street I loved this book! It was fast paced and exciting! I read it in 2 days and was thoroughly entertained. Sandy
Date published: 2014-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street The even split between 1-start and 5-star reviews is very telling - you'll either love it or hate it, there seems to be very few in between. In short, the book is an over the top, fast paced, recount of non-stop drug abuse, sex, money laundering schemes, and stock manipulation. About halfway through the book I had to go online to confirm that this is, in fact, a non-fiction work - it reads more like a thriller. If you're looking for stock market know-how, this is not the book that will teach you that, albeit the "chop stock" machinations on top of which Belfort built his empire are definitely an interesting historical artifact. Instead, this is a great tale of the lifestyle of the "rich and dysfunctional". If you suspend your sense of reality, it is actually a quiet engaging book. Albeit personally, I am still shell-shocked from the thought that Belfort has lived and survived through all this.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street I liked this book. Good plot. Exciting. I will definitely reread it. I also watched the movie lately, I prefer the book.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street A realistic albeit extravagant depiction of the life of Jordan Belfort. Saw the man on youtube the other day, all I can say is he was very persuasive and charemastic.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street I have only read up to book 2 but is a very good read so far! Jordan is honest and allows readers to have a glimpse of his life and mind. I hope that the movie will do it justice.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street I loved the book. Some parts were hard to believe and I do question the validity of some parts, however. Some of the Wall Street lingo made me yawn. I want to read the book again, however and would recommend it to others.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street Such a good read. I couldn't put the book down. I really recommend everyone should read this!!!
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street Must read before seeing the movie....quite extraordinary!!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street This was such a great read I couldn't put it down and once I found out there was a sequel I bought it straight away! An absolute page turner that I have recommended to many people!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Wolf of Wall Street Can't wait to see the movie!
Date published: 2014-01-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh It's actually a fairly old tale of greed, megalomania and predictably hedonistic behaviour. This was an uninspiring read, that I pushed through my boredom to get to the end, because I reasoned if Leo & Martin tag-teamed on the movie for this, there must be something worth waiting for at the end. There wasn't. I'm very disappointed in the story and at least I'll save some money on skipping the movie.
Date published: 2013-12-30
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 4 out of 5 by from Wolf of Wall Street Having been in the investment banking world for a substantial part of my career, I recognize a lot of the craziness and excess' that this book relates. It s a fun read and will keep you entertained as well as awed at how money and success can become your worst enemies in life.
Date published: 2013-09-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Ok read, might be a better movie. The book feels a little long despite being of average length. Also, following a prologue where the author attempt to make amends for his terrible actions, he spends the rest of the novel revelling in his past crimes and extravances. That being said, Dicaprio and Scorsese should have no problem turning this into an entertaining film.
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Ok read, might be a better movie. Great read. Highly recommend this to anyone
Date published: 2013-07-19
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