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Pulitzer Prize–winner James B. Stewart shows for the first time how four of the eighties’ biggest names on Wall Street—Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, and Dennis Levine —created the greatest insider-trading ring in financial history and almost walked away with billions, until a team of downtrodden detectives triumphed over some of America’s most expensive lawyers to bring this powerful quartet to justice.
Based on secret grand jury transcripts, interviews, and actual trading records, and containing explosive new revelations about Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky written especially for this paperback edition, Den of Thieves weaves all the facts into an unforgettable narrative—a portrait of human nature, big business, and crime of unparalleled proportions.
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- ASIN : B008TRU7PE
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (Nov. 20 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 14007 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 626 pages
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world. To a person with no connection to the world of high finance it sometimes requires patience to understand the details of the scams, but well worth the effort to work through it.
It made me want to read more.
Awesome story of greed, something that would be repeated again with the likes of Enron, Bernie Madoff and the mortgage crisis of 2008.
It's only a matter of time before another con artist like Milken comes along with a new financial mousetrap to screw investors.
Author Stewart asks in his Epilogue, could something similar to the Boesky, Levine, Seigel, and Milken insider trading ever happen again. The events mentioned above certainly indicate so. History repeats itself because greed always exists. Still, it is amazing at the dollar values that were involved back then along with the hubris and shock when these dealings were exposed. This is a brilliantly researched and written cautionary tale that many refused to heed.
One comment in the Epilogue struck me as almost sad. Mr. Stewart says, in the wake of these scandals: "Wall Street has given every sign of being severely chastened." Too bad that wasn't the case.
Now myself a writer with somewhat less courage, perhaps, than Mr. Stewart (I've written about abuses/dangers on Wall Street, but write them as financial thrillers and opinion pieces -- it's safer, I think), I can only hope that with each scandal we get a little more honest, a little more chastened. Too bad I don't see that happening. Not yet, at least.
As a student studying finance, I was told to read this book by my cousin who worked in the financial world. After I finished, I had a more realistic view of the intensity of Wall Street. This intense competition and desire for money drove some people over the edge. Such was the case for Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Terry Mulheren, and their cohorts. To a certain extent, these men were driven to cheat and steal by insatiable greed.
You do not have to know much about the financial world to enjoy this fast paced thriller. The joy in this book is in the hunt. Once the SEC became aware of Milken's activities, they had to find a way to prove it and then had to take Milken down. Once Milken was taken out of his office in handcuffs and Rudy Guliani began to build his case, Milken's "associates" began to sing like canaries in the hope of cutting a deal with the government.
I love reading books about criminals who get what is coming to them. Michael Milken and friends deserved every bit of jail time they got. This definitely a book about criminals getting what they deserved. James Stewart draws you in within the first 20 pages, from there I hope you have some spare time because you will not be able to put it down.
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It was clear to me that whatever their reward, it was always going to be replaced by yet more opportunity and money.
Blind greed comes to mind, as one wonders why such a network of corrupt people believed they could succeed indefinitely.
Well what is new is it is now possible to accurately determine the parameters of the next financial disaster in c. 2022/24 and where to place your money to profit. As Maynard Kyenes said, in every financial upset, money does not disappear, it is merely redistributed. A. Bovill