Empire of Deception
From Chicago to Nova Scotia--the Incredible Story of A Master Swindler Who Seduced A City and Captivated the NationDownloadable Audiobook - 2016
"A captivating tale of high-flying financial chicanery in 1920s Chicago. Dean Jobb tells the story of Leo Koretz, a legendary con artist of Madoffian audacity, with terrific energy and narrative brio. A thoroughly enjoyable read." -- Gart Krist, New York Times best-selling author of City of Scoundrels It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the roaring 1920s. Speakeasies thrived, gang war shootings announced Al Capone's rise to underworld domination, Chicago's corrupt political leaders fraternized with gangsters, and yellow journalism only contributed to the excesses. The frenzy of stock market gambling was rampant. Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people (who should have known better) to invest as much as $30 million-upwards of $400 million today-in phantom timberland and non-existent oil wells in Panama, close to the new Canal Zone. When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished and the Chicago State's Attorney, a man whose lust for power equaled Leo's own lust for money, began an international manhunt that lasted almost a year. When finally apprehended, Leo was living a life of luxury in Nova Scotia under the assumed identity of a book dealer and literary critic. His mysterious death in a Chicago prison topped anything in his almost-too-bizarre-to-believe life. Empire of Deception is not only an incredibly rich and detailed account of a man and an era; it's a fascinating look at the methods of swindlers throughout history. Leo Koretz was the Bernie Madoff of his day and Dean Jobb shows us that the dream of easy wealth is a timeless commodity. "This highly readable account of a major swindle in the Roaring Twenties in Chicago, will convince any sensible reader that when it comes to investing in crackpot schemes nobody ever learns anything by experience. Leo Koretz did exactly what Bernie Madoff did, and came to the same end, as did his investors. A dramatic read, and a useful lesson!"-Michael Korda, author of Charmed Lives "Empire of Deception is a sure thing--a book guaranteed to entertain and make you rich (in knowledge, that is). Dean Jobb has found a fascinating yet little-known jazz-age tale and told it with style and smarts. Get in on the action." -Jonathan Eig, New York Times best-selling author of Get Capone "Begin with a Bernie Madoff, wolf-in-sheep's-clothing con man, pursued by a power-hungry prig of a public prosecutor; add the great hog-trough feeding frenzy of 1920s Chicago; stir with great writing and enterprising research; and there you have it: A wonderfully entertaining read!" -- Michael Lesy, author of WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP and MURDER CITY: The Bloody History of Chicago in the Twenties "Except to those being swindled, swindlers make wonderful swaggering copy, and Dean Jobb has made splendid use of the material in this juicy retelling... What a great caper movie this would make!" --Marq de Villiers, author of Our Way Out: Principles for a Post-Apocalyptic World Dean Jobb has written for major newspapers and magazines in Canada and the U.S. in a thirty-year career as a reporter, columnist and freelance writer. The author of six previous books, he is a professor at the School of Journalism, University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His website is www.deanjobb.com.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Highbridge Audio ; [Prince Frederick, Md.] : [Distributed by] OneClick Digital, 2016, p2015
Characteristics: 1 online resource (9 hr., 29 min.)
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