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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (327 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diana B. Henriques Narrator: Pam Ward Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Who is Bernie Madoff, and how did he pull off the biggest Ponzi scheme in history?

These questions have fascinated people ever 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 what might have happened or what must have happened, 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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Quotes & Awards

  • The Wizard of Lies makes for riveting reading.”

    New York Times

  • “A riveting history of Mr. Madoff’s shady dealings and the shattering consequences of his theft.”

    The Economist

  • “In the end the story holds us not because of the engrossing details of the scam, but because of the human dimension.”

    Liaquat Ahamed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

  • “Pam Ward’s voicing is professional and well connected to the content.”

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alexis | 2/12/2014

    " Author Diana Henriques is a senior financial writer for the New York Times and deftly covers the ongoing saga of Bernie Madoff. The Ponzi scheme he was able to keep going over many years is astounding. He fooled savvy investors and fended off numerous half-hearted and inept SEC queries. I suspect that if the financical crash of 2008 hadn't happened he'd still be going strong. The early part of the book describes the still murky story of how and when he began stealing his clients' money. It's a bit vague but Henriques pins down what she can. The last part of the book, after his confession and arrest, is stronger, describing the huge undertaking of unraveling the mess, still going on at the time of publication and likely to continue for many years. Not only were wealthy investors affected but many small investors were wiped out as well. The descriptions of investors willing to overlook the questions about Madoff's investment returns and the keystone cops work of the SEC is enough to scare anyone away from investing in anything but a sturdy box to bury in the backyard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kal Fisher | 2/8/2014

    " interesting but not much is revealed that hasn't already come out in various articles and news programs. wished it had probed more into the psychology of b.m. but henriques seems timid to do so... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jodi | 2/5/2014

    " Couldn't get through it. I just didn't understand all the wall street talk. Not a book for someone outside the finance industry. I was hoping for more family drama. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Abdul Musa | 1/19/2014

    " Wow! Interesting story of Bernie Madoff and the many lives he destroyed. Then again one could argue some destroyed their own lives. The sad fact is that this ponzi type scheme can and will happen again. "

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About the Author

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’ 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.