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Empire of Deception : The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation
by Dean Jobb


Overview - It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people to invest as much as $30 million--upward of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama.  Read more...

 
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Overview
It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people to invest as much as $30 million--upward of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama. This rip-roaring tale of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit, illicit sex, and a brilliant and wildly charming con man on the town, then on the lam, is not only a rich and detailed account of a man and an era; it's a fascinating look at the methods of swindlers throughout history.

As Model Ts rumbled down Michigan Avenue, gang-war shootings announced Al Capone's rise to underworld domination. As bedecked partygoers thronged to the Drake Hotel's opulent banquet rooms, corrupt politicians held court in thriving speakeasies and the frenzy of stock market gambling was rampant. Leo Koretz was the Bernie Madoff of his day, and Dean Jobb shows us that the American dream of easy wealth is a timeless commodity.
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"A rollicking tale that is one part The Sting, one part The Great Gatsby, and one part The Devil in the White City." --Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

"Intoxicating and impressively researched, Jobb's immorality tale provides a sobering post-Madoff reminder that those who think everything is theirs for the taking are destined to be taken." --The New York Times Book Review

"Captivating . . . A story that seems to be as American as it can get, and it's told well." --The Christian Science Monitor

"A masterpiece of narrative set-up and vivid language . . . Jobb vividly . . . brings the Chicago of the 1880s and '90s to life." --Chicago Tribune
"This cautionary tale of 1920s greed and excess reads like it could happen today." --The Associated Press

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781616205355
  • ISBN-10: 1616205350
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books
  • Publish Date: January 2016
  • Page Count: 352
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Biography & Autobiography > Criminals & Outlaws
Books > True Crime > Con Artists, Hoaxes & Deceptions
Books > History > United States - 20th Century

 
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