Empire of Deception

Empire of Deception

eBook - 2015
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"It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder 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 yellow journalism only contributed to the excesses. The frenzy of stock market gambling was rampant. Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people (who should have known better) to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama, close to the new Canal Zone. When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished, and the Chicago state's attorney, a man whose lust for power equaled 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's 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
ISBN: 9781616204969
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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richibi
Sep 12, 2016

a fascinating story brilliantly told, reads like a bestseller

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jamlover2
Aug 20, 2015

Very well written, and the author was able to convey a clear picture of the sights, images and fashions of the era. I also found it moderately humorous, although other emotions such as pity and contempt were also ignited. I think that one sub-theme was not adequately addressed, which is the real underlying reason why Koretz acted the way he did in Chicago and Nova Scotia. Was it to counter-balance his insecurities? Was it his need to be admired and always at the centre of attention?
This however is not a shortcoming of the author, as only Koretz himself could provide these answers.

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