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Before I listened to this book I had a vague notion of what Ponzi schemes were. After listening to example after example in this book, I now know exactly what they are, and how to spot one. The book goes to great lengths to make you understand the nature of a Ponzi scheme, as well as going into detail of the 10 worst schemes in history. You will be surprised how many there were, how they were implemented, and how their perpetrators got away, or didn’t get away, with them.
I had no complaints with the narrator. He was clear and concise and his voice is perfect for non-fiction work.
This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
Colleen Cross’ “Anatomy of a Ponzi” is one of those books that makes you wonder “Are people really that stupid or is it just greed? Maybe both.” It boggles the mind to think that there are people in the world you can honestly believe that they can get a 500%, 800% or a 1,000% return on their investment. And it’s even more mind-boggling to think there are people who perpetrate these scams and get away with them for years.
“Anatomy of a Ponzi” is extremely well written. Cross knows her stuff who doesn’t confuse you with technical jargon while at the same time not talking down to you. The highlight of the book, to me, was a review of the all-time top ten global Ponzi schemes. It’s good to know there are stupid people around the world. Originally written in 2013, I also appreciated the fact that Cross updated the book just this month – January 2018.
My only complaint about this book was Randal Schaffer. There was just something about his voice that grated on me and he almost – almost – detracted from an excellent book.