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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (438 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jason Kersten Narrator: Jim Bond Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Art Williams spent his boyhood in a comfortable middle-class existence in 1970s Chicago, but his idyll was shattered when, in short order, his father abandoned the family, his bipolar mother lost her wits, and Williams found himself living in one of Chicago's worst housing projects. He took to crime almost immediately, starting out with petty theft before graduating to robbing drug dealers.

Eventually, a man named nicknamed DaVinci taught him the centuries-old art of counterfeiting. After a stint in jail, Williams emerged to discover that the Treasury Department had issued the most secure hundred-dollar bill ever created: the 1996 New Note. Williams spent months trying to defeat various security features before arriving at a bill so perfect that even law enforcement had difficulty distinguishing it from the real thing. Williams went on the print millions in counterfeit bills, selling them to criminal organizations and using them to fund cross-country spending sprees. Still unsatisfied, he went off in search of his long-lost father, setting in motion a chain of betrayals that would be his undoing.

In The Art of Making Money, journalist Jason Kersten details how Williams painstakingly defeated the anti-forging features of the New Note, how Williams and his partner-in-crime wife converted fake bills into legitimate tender at shopping malls all over America, and how they stayed one step ahead of the Secret Service until trusting the wrong person brought them all down.

A compulsively listenable story of how having it all is never enough, The Art of Making Money is a stirring portrait of the rise and inevitable fall of a modern-day criminal mastermind. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Max | 2/17/2014

    " [Audiobook:] Interesting insights into counterfeiting and criminal life style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Delia | 2/12/2014

    " This is a fascinating book about a counterfeiter named Art Williams who is a present day master counterfeiter. It will make you examine your money very carefully from now on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rissa1516 | 2/11/2014

    " This book was just ok for me. I though it would be more interesting since I work in a bank. The background story did drag on a little. I was also expecting more details dealing with the police and law side. I did find it interesting how he made the bills and the strategy he would go through before spending his counterfeit bills. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sheree | 2/7/2014

    " Great true life crime story. This book is especially well developed, as it explores the history that motivates the criminal to his behavior, and ties this behavior to his downfall. Interesting tale. "

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