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Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con | [Guy Lawson]

Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con

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.
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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.

©2012 Guy Lawson Shark World Productions LLC / Guy Lawson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Carl Howard Columbus, OH USA 07-16-14 Member Since 2010

    Behold! A snob is about to pontificate

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    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    Just quickly...
    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.


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    "Amazing story of how stupid a smart guy can be"

    This book was unbelievable because it is true. The main character, Sam, is a hard driving and intelligent fellow. His business is the stock market and unfortunately his is not good at his business. When he get behind in his hedge fund that is when the crazy starts. You will wonder if this really happened as con man meets con man. I verified that everything in the book was accurate. I will tell you no more, it is an exciting book

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