• by Deborah Strober, Gerald Strober
  • Narrated by Connor Trinneer
  • 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In December 2008, amidst a world gripped by financial crisis, Bernard Madoff, a respected fund manager, and former chairman of NASDAQ, was arrested by the FBI for reportedly bilking thousands of trusting investors out of $50 billion. In the first comprehensive account of this financial mastermind's epic Ponzi scheme,Catastrophe exposes the real story behind Madoff's upstanding fa├žade - his family's involvement and his unlikely rise and incredible crash. This audiobook defines and explains the whole diabolical debacle, including how he seduced and persuaded sophisticated investors, how he evaded SEC watchdogs, and how his far-reaching crime pervaded the world. With first-hand victim accounts lending human interest, the book peels back Madoff's persona layer by layer, revealing how he developed his elaborate deceit and how and why he targeted and scammed the world of Jewish philanthropy.


What the Critics Say

"[T]heir study of a charming alleged con man is compelling, can't-make-this-stuff-up reading." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Like Madoff book is a rip off

What a disappointment. If you read the news. watch tv, or use the internet, you will learn nothing new. Way to use blogs for content. And wait the information repetition creates filler and distraction. Much like Madoff victims I want my money back for this book.
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- Michael

Nothing New Here

All this book does is recycle news reports and comment postings from blogs. There are no interviews with victims or family members,deep background, history (how could this have been foreseen), etc. It's just a quickie grab for some of the Madoff money before the phenom is over. Highly disappointing.
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- J. D. Chesley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books