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Catastrophe: The Story of Bernard L. Madoff, the Man Who Swindled the World | [Deborah Strober, Gerald Strober]

Catastrophe: The Story of Bernard L. Madoff, the Man Who Swindled the World

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 façade-his family's involvement, and his unlikely rise and incredible crash.
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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 façade - 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.

©2009 Deborah Strober; (P)2009 Phoenix

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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    Michael Lindenhurst, NY, USA 05-20-09
    Michael Lindenhurst, NY, USA 05-20-09 Member Since 2007
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. D. Chesley New Hampshire 08-11-09
    J. D. Chesley New Hampshire 08-11-09 Member Since 2003
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Brown Kentucky 07-23-09
    R. Brown Kentucky 07-23-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Could have been much better."

    The book jumps around a lot and gets very repetitive. The only thing I really got out of it is that Madoff did as much financial damage to the Jewish community as he did to anyone else. The entire book feels like they tried to throw it together fast while Madoff is still in the news. A 15 minute abridged version would have been better than listening to over four hours of this. The only positive is the narrator. He is clear and easy to understand. I really felt bad for him as he tried to breathe life into this material.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Neal Lowell, AR, USA 09-19-09
    Neal Lowell, AR, USA 09-19-09
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    "Published Too Soon"

    This book was published too soon. I was also disappointed that they referenced so many internet and blog comments. I was looking more for facts and insights into why Madoff did this horrific scam. Wanted to know how it worked and how he pressured his feeder funds. Felt I got more out of the one hour Frontline program than this book. Would not recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Naestved, Denmark 07-18-09
    Jan Naestved, Denmark 07-18-09
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    "Dissapointing first book about the subject"

    This is basically just a collection of statements and histories collected from newspapers from dec. 2008. The writers doesn't even seem to undestand what actually happened in Madoff's company prior to the crash. I am sure the next book will be a lot more exiting. Don't bother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mike DANA POINT, CA, United States 12-20-11
    mike DANA POINT, CA, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "They rushed to get this book out"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less quotes from obscure people. They just kept coming, one after another taking up entire chapters


    What could Deborah Strober and Gerald Strober have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They could have interviewed someone close to the story. They may have at the end, I could not get that far.


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    John Lichtenburg, South Africa 11-23-11
    John Lichtenburg, South Africa 11-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Bernard Madoff"

    This was an excellent read of the man Bernard Madoff without being too technical of the crimes he committed. It was well read & held my interest from beginning to end and aroused my interest in the man so that I did some further research to bring me up to date.

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