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The Wizard of Lies Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust

Diana B. Henriques

St. Martin's Griffin

1250007437

9781250007438

Trade Paperback

464 Pages

$16.99

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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 how Bernie Madoff pulled off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, 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.

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"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
 
"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
 
"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
 
"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 U.S. regulators were too cowed and too disorganised."—Financial Times (UK)

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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.
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  • Diana B. Henriques

  • 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.
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