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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: May 2009 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/5/2014

    " I like Abagnale's story better, but parts of this were interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gus | 1/25/2014

    " An interesting book in some respects, a true story. The bad language and sexual innuendo was a big detractor. And, it's a terribly sad story of not just one person but several families that destroy their lives by self-defeating behaviors and by being poor parents. If you need evidence why every son needs a decent father, and why parents should stay married, this is a compelling story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon Ruddell | 1/24/2014

    " I really enjoyed this quick read. Great book to show you, once a criminal, always a criminal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/18/2014

    " Great story--very strange circumstances and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty | 1/18/2014

    " Excellent true story about a very smart young boy that as the result of many bad breaks ends up in the slums of Chicago and soon turns into a #1 counterfeiter. After printing millions of dollars and selling it to criminal organizations, he was caught b/c......I won't say anymore. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/6/2014

    " This is a great book, a quick read, about a modern counterfeiter. If you like history, interested in how your childhood affects you more than you can possibly understand at the time, read this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory Dickison | 12/7/2013

    " A fascinating story about a criminal mind. Art Williams is a very smart man with a raging case of father hunger. A page-turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 11/15/2013

    " Fantastic story about a conterfeiter. Starts in Chicago and ends in Anchorage. I highly recommend it. Started reading this morning and finished it this afternoon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cosette | 11/8/2013

    " could not put this down till after finished all of it.. epilogue is spooky "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 10/26/2013

    " This story of one of the best counterfeiters that the Secret Service has ever had to pursue is a great read! It reads like a very fascinating biography that could very well likely be a Matt Damon movie. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 8/21/2013

    " Good story on the education of a counterfitter and some basics on how they go about their business. Good, would have liked more detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vrdennis | 10/27/2012

    " I heard about this on NPR and was intrigued. I am not normally into biographies but I wanted to read this one. It is a quick read with a light pace lots of fun facts about money and counterfeiting thrown in there. I definitely recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 10/7/2012

    " What a fun, fascinating read this is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jordan | 8/9/2012

    " Great read! A fascinating page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gsmalz | 7/11/2012

    " An interesting book that loses one star b/c of some glaring editing errors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/21/2011

    " interesting story but many grammar and spelling mistakes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 11/24/2011

    " Not particularly well written but interesting nonetheless ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al Martin | 9/13/2011

    " Really good! Interesting, emotional and quick/easy. Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lien | 4/27/2011

    " heard about this on NPR and has been sitting on the shelf for some time! Enjoying it so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 4/25/2011

    " interesting story but many grammar and spelling mistakes "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 3/31/2011

    " Fascinating story of a master counterfeiter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/15/2011

    " I like Abagnale's story better, but parts of this were interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gsmalz | 1/20/2011

    " An interesting book that loses one star b/c of some glaring editing errors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Simon | 1/19/2011

    " I really enjoyed this quick read. Great book to show you, once a criminal, always a criminal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JoAnn | 1/11/2011

    " Thank heavens Adam read 3/4 of it to me aloud and edited all the cursing. It is a fascinating story and loaded with intrigue and interest. Adam and I also enjoyed that the majority of the happenings take place in Chicago, which is a city Adam knows well and loves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cosette | 12/17/2010

    " could not put this down till after finished all of it.. epilogue is spooky "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 12/6/2010

    " A fun read, especially by a Chicagoan. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mell | 10/12/2010

    " One of those unfortunate books based on a story that I'm sure was a meaty feature magazine article, but simply didn't have enough to flesh out an entire book. He just wasn't a compelling criminal, nor were his operations genius enough to keep me engrossed. Not worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loretta | 10/3/2010

    " Another true history that reads like a thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Regina | 8/13/2010

    " Snarky and subversive. Had me holding my cash up to the light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 7/14/2010

    " Beautifully written, meticulously researched, vivid and captivating. "

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About the Narrator

Jim Bond is a writer and audiobook narrator who has voiced nearly two hundred titles including Blood Is the Sky, Escape the Rat Race, A Thousand Country Roads, and many of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books.