Catastrophe: The Story of Bernard L. Madoff, The Man Who Swindled the World (Paperback)

Catastrophe: The Story of Bernard L. Madoff, The Man Who Swindled the World

From Publishers Weekly
With his arrest on Dec. 11, 2008, the world first learned that Wall Street trader and former NASDAQ chairman Bernard Madoff was allegedly running the largest Ponzi scheme in history, a $50 billion scam constructed over decades. Husband and wife writing team the Strobers (Billy Graham, The Nixon Presidency) set out to discover “what sort of person could have coldly stolen from those who had entrusted him… in many instances, with their life savings?” Born in 1 (more…)

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  1. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    What and How it Happened.
    An American tragedy playing out in public; how could Bernard Madoff fool so many, so completely? It turns out that there were skeptics who felt something wasn’t right with…

  2. 2.0 out of 5 stars
    Not quite a catastrophe, but not the Madoff book we need
    Everyone wants to know how Bernard Madoff pulled off the largest scam in Wall Street history by bilking investors of billions upon billions of dollars.

  3. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    Entertaining Read But More Questions Than Answers
    If you are as curious as I am as to how Bernard Madoff pulled off the largest Ponzi scheme of all time, you have to read Deborah and Gerald Strober’s Catastrophe: The Story of…

  4. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    The foreword to this book is dated precisely 32 days later than the original news story of the discovery of the Madoff scandal.

  5. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Lessons learned from a schemer?
    We’ve read about this Ponzi Scheme many times, I’m sure, but each time upon re-reading this book I, for one, learn more about the devastation caused to folks who invested in the…

  6. 3.0 out of 5 stars
    not a sympathetic figure
    Nice story of a man who scammed a lot of people out of everything. You think a persons’ conscience would kick in before getting so bad, but evidently not. A good read.

  7. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Interesting Book
    This is a pretty interesting read on the biggest and most reprehensible crook ever to plague Wall Street.

  8. 4.0 out of 5 stars
    A bit choppy, but good collection of info
    What this book really is, is one very long news article compiling information about one of the biggest scams in the history of the American economy.

  9. 2.0 out of 5 stars
    Ugh – rushed and underreported
    This book really reads like a supermarket checkout tract. That is to say, it is short on details, was rushed to market, and is very short (180 pages excluding appendices, with…

  10. 1.0 out of 5 stars
    I was looking forward to receiving this book. What a complete disappointment! The first 60 pages are references to all kinds of people that are victims of Madoff.

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