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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie Sandell Narrator: Maggie Hoffman Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In December 2008, the world watched as master financier Bernard L. Madoff was taken away from his posh Manhattan apartment in handcuffs, accused of swindling thousands of innocent victims—including friends and family—out of billions of dollars in the world’s largest Ponzi scheme. Madoff went to jail; he will spend the rest of his life there. But what happened to his devoted wife and sons? The people closest to him, the public reasoned, must have known the truth behind his astounding success. Had they been tricked, too?

With unprecedented access to the surviving family members—wife Ruth, son Andrew, and his fiance Catherine Hooper—journalist Laurie Sandell reveals the personal details behind the headlines. How did Andrew and Mark, the sons who’d spent their lives believing in and building their own families around their father’s business first learn of the massive deception? How does a wife, who adored her husband since they were teenagers, begin to understand the ramifications of his actions? The Madoffs were a tight-knit—even claustrophobic—clan, sticking together through marriages, divorces, and illnesses. But the pressures of enduring the massive scandal push them to their breaking points, most of all son Mark, whose suicide is one of the many tragedies that grew in the wake of the scandal.

Muzzled by lawyers, vilified by the media and roundly condemned by the public, the Madoffs have chosen to keep their silence—until now. Ultimately, theirs is one of the most riveting stories of our time: a modern-day Greek tragedy about money, power, lies, family, truth, and consequences.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sandell spends a great deal of time setting the stage in a biographical account that includes typical family ties, celebrations, trials, and tribulations; the story…really starts to heat up after the confession, when the lives of Ruth, Andrew, and Mark begin to completely unravel. Sandell paints a sympathetic portrait that partially redeems Ruth and Andrew as they attempt to rebuild their lives and achieve some semblance of normalcy.”

    Booklist

  • “This biography about Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff’s clan is chock-full of drama…Anyone curious about this fractured, once tight-knit family will find plenty of food for thought here.”

    People

  • “Sandell makes a legitimate case that Mark and Andrew Madoff really were caught off guard by their father’s crimes.”

    San Franciso Chronice

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erin Varnado | 2/17/2014

    " This book really opened my eyes to how much the Madoff family was vilified. It's really sad that they were held accountable for actions of their father/husband. Everyone has someone in their life that does things we don't agree with, but that doesn't mean we should be held responsible. The first half was a little difficult to get through as it sets up the history of the family. You really need to have an open mind to read this book though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sue-Ellen | 2/17/2014

    " I was surprised at how open honest this book, while we will never know why he did this reading how the family coped and continues to cope made for a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Todd Janko | 1/25/2014

    " I have always been interested in con-artists, especially good old Bernie Madoff (he's at a lower level than Ben Bernanke, but still it's a good read). This is an extremely well written book by Laurie Sandell, and you may even feel sorry for sorry for some of the family members. One thing I want to point out here, this really is not about Bernie Madoff, this is about his family and the after math of the whole 50 BILLION (yes billion) scam he had going on since the mid 80's. It's a sad story, one son kills himself, yet at the same time, one son is beating the scrutiny and adversity thrown to him by peers and wolves, and leading a somewhat normal life. If you have ever been scammed or just want to read a true blood American scam heart breaking story; this is the book for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nancy | 1/20/2014

    " Very interesting look at the Madoff family and what they didn't know about their dad. "

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