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Ponzi: The Incredible True Story of the King of Financial Cons

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<P>Just who was the man whose name has become synonymous with the classic &#8220;rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul&#8221; scam in which money from new investors is used to reward earlier ones? In December 1919, he was an unknown thirty-eight-year-old, self-educated Italian immigrant with a borrowed two-hundred dollars in his pocket. Six months later, he was Boston&#8217;s famed &#8220;wizard of finance,&#8221; lionized by the public and politicians alike. Based on exclusive interviews with people who knew Charles Ponzi, lent him their money, and exposed him, Donald Dunn&#8217;s <I>Ponzi</I> recreates both one of America&#8217;s most notorious and colorful financial con artists and the mad money-hungry era in which he thrived.</P><HR><P>&#8220;No swindler in history has operated with more style than the legendary figure colorfully chronicled in this book.&#8221;<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<i>THE WASHINGTON POST</i></P><P>&#8220;Packed with details and color and yielding a narrative that flows as easily as that of a good pulp novel.&#8221;<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<i>CHICAGO DAILY NEWS</i></P><P>&#8220;Ponzi was superb at his game and following his financial twists and turns is lots of fun.&#8221;<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<i>SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER</i></P><HR>

Synopsis:

Traces Charles Ponzi's transition from an unknown, self-educated Italian immigrant to Boston's famed "wizard of finance" over a six-month period, describing the scams through which he paid off prior investors with subsequent investor funds and bankrolled millions before he was exposed. Reprint.

Synopsis:

Just who was the man whose name has become synonymous with the classic "rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul" scam in which money from new investors is used to reward earlier ones? In December 1919, he was an unknown thirty-eight-year-old, self-educated Italian immigrant with a borrowed two-hundred dollars in his pocket. Six months later, he was Boston's famed "wizard of finance," lionized by the public and politicians alike. Based on exclusive interviews with people who knew Charles Ponzi, lent him their money, and exposed him, Donald Dunn's Ponzi recreates both one of America's most notorious and colorful financial con artists and the mad money-hungry era in which he thrived.--From publisher description.

About the Author

DONALD DUNN, a former longtime Business Week editor, lives in New York.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780767918121
Subtitle:
The Incredible True Story of the King of Financial Cons
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Dunn, Donald
Author:
Dunn, Donald H.
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Business
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Business
Subject:
Business
Subject:
Criminals & Outlaws
Subject:
Other Miscellaneous Crimes
Subject:
Swindlers and swindling
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040323
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
384

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Product details 384 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780767918121 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Traces Charles Ponzi's transition from an unknown, self-educated Italian immigrant to Boston's famed "wizard of finance" over a six-month period, describing the scams through which he paid off prior investors with subsequent investor funds and bankrolled millions before he was exposed. Reprint.
"Synopsis" by , Just who was the man whose name has become synonymous with the classic "rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul" scam in which money from new investors is used to reward earlier ones? In December 1919, he was an unknown thirty-eight-year-old, self-educated Italian immigrant with a borrowed two-hundred dollars in his pocket. Six months later, he was Boston's famed "wizard of finance," lionized by the public and politicians alike. Based on exclusive interviews with people who knew Charles Ponzi, lent him their money, and exposed him, Donald Dunn's Ponzi recreates both one of America's most notorious and colorful financial con artists and the mad money-hungry era in which he thrived.--From publisher description.
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