Born into one of America's most illustrious trading families, Sam Israel was determined to strike out on his own. After apprenticing with one of the greatest traders of the 1980s, he founded his own fast-growing hedge fund, promising investors extraordinary returns.
But it was all an elaborate charade.
After suffering devastating losses and fabricating fake returns, Israel knew it was only a matter of time before his real performance would be discovered. So when a former black-ops agent told him about a "secret market" run by the Fed, Israel bet his last $150 million on a chance to make billions. Thus began his bizarre journey into "the Upperworld" - a society populated by clandestine bankers, shady European nobility, and spooks issuing cryptic warnings about a mysterious cabal known as the Octopus.
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Oh, the accents!
I have found that the attempt by various professional readers to duplicate various regional accents stumbles from the comical to the clumsy to the near-racist.
They don't make the listening experience better for me, personally, and I do rather wish the whole practice would simply stop.
Having only recently started the book, I have not very much else to say about it just yet.
- Carl Howard "Behold! A snob is about to pontificate"
An Excellent Audible Choice
Yes. The author did a fantastic job of collecting all the minute details of this story. There are so many little details that it must have been a big challenge collecting and putting it all together. In addition, the book is organized and written very well.
The resumption of the beginning, which occurs very near the end. I actually said, "WHAT?!"
He did a great job; I liked Jeff Woodman's narration as much as my favorite narrator, which is George Guidall.
If you like the show, "American Greed," or enjoyed the 3-part Madoff production, or liked the book on Charles Ponzi, I think you'll enjoy this book a lot.
- M. Morris