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

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$16.99  $15.80
Publisher
Algonquin Books
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Pages
352
Dimensions
5.4 X 8.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781616205355

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Reviews
"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

"Comprehensively researched and enthralling . . . High-stakes hijinks give the story a rollicking feel, but Jobb manages great poignancy, too. . . This lively and sweeping account seems to have already given a master con artist his due, putting him in the 'pantheon of pyramid-building swindlers.'" --The Washington Post

"This cautionary tale of 1920s greed and excess reads like it could happen today." --The Associated Press

"Jobb vividly, albeit briefly, brings the Chicago of the 1880s and '90s to life . . . [and] is a masterpiece of narrative set-up and vivid language." --Chicago Tribune

"Dean Jobb skillfully dusts off this century-old tale with a fast-paced narrative, a keen eye for detail and a cast of characters in which the free-for-all city of Chicago plays a prominent role . . . [A] masterfully told story." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Jobb makes it clear that Koretz's schemes weren't unique to his time period. The parallels between Koretz and Madoff are fascinating: Both men 'dropped hints' and 'played hard to get, ' only selling shares to those who persistently begged for them. And both confined their sales, at least at first, to an inner circle of those who knew and trusted them, making their betrayals all the more brutal." --The Columbus Dispatch
"Peppered with contemporaneous photos depicting the key players and the swanky places, phony stock certificates, newspaper headlines, and even a 'wanted' posted, Empire of Deception is a jaw-dropping, rollicking good read."--Booklist "This lively, entertaining, and depressingly relevant history of a man and his con reads like a novel and will be enjoyed by fans of popular history as well as true crime." --Library Journal, starred review

"[A] rollicking story of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, and illicit sex." --Publishers Weekly

"Dean Jobb has written an absolutely rollicking tale that is one part The Sting, one part The Great Gatsby, and one part The Devil in the White City. Impressively researched and brilliantly told, Empire of Deception vividly recreates the unscrupulous side of 1920s Chicago where greed, deception, and corruption ran amok, and where one Leo Koretz, a charismatic and enigmatic con man, charmed them all . . . including me." --Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy