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

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Crown/Archetype, Mar 23, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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.
 

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User Review  - busterrll - LibraryThing

The Title Says "True Story". not true - no notes, credits or anything to substantiate this work. Very repetitive on things that did not matter. I was not interested in how many times he picked his gold headed cane or put a carnation in his lapel. Tremendous disappointment Read full review

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User Review  - addunn3 - LibraryThing

Now I know a bit more about Mr. Ponzi. The style, though, left me feeling that I had just read a fictional account written to keep the interest of young readers. It did give you a feel for the style ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
28
Section 4
36
Section 5
49
Section 6
59
Section 7
75
Section 8
84
Section 9
98
Section 10
109
Section 11
120
Section 12
211
Section 13
239
Section 14
337
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DONALD DUNN, a former longtime Business Week editor, lives in New York.

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