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A number one best seller from coast to coast, Den of Thieves tells, in masterfully reported detail, the full story of the insider-trading scandal that nearly destroyed Wall Street, the men who pulled it off, and the chase that finally brought them to justice.

Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart shows for the first time how four of the 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 new edition, Den of Thieves weaves all the facts into an unforgettable narrative - a portrait of human nature, big business, and crime of unparalleled proportions.

©2012 James. B. Stewart (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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Awesome book

Awesome book detailing an era of unparalleled greed and organized crime rarely exposed in such detail. The persons becomes alive and you sense their character, rotten and flawed, yet human. The book could use an update with some of the later developments such as how the main criminal Michael Milken was allowed only to serve a few years of his 10 year sentence. Also it’s surprisingly suspicious how most of the involved are still highly rich, Milken even a billionaire to this day, even though they have all been banned from the industry. It could indeed be interesting with an update that covers these recent events. Nevertheless it’s a great book and a worthwhile listen.

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World of Wall Street

A superb tale giving chilling insights into the world of Wall Street. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn about insider trading, junk bonds and LBO's in the 80's

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Good

Very detailed. But seemed long too, it gave a lot of detail but in many ways not the right detail. I’m in finance and it’s hard to keep up with the nuances of the deals being made.

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Captivating story-line

The depth which "Den of Thieves" goes to explain the insider trading scandal of the 1980's is incredible. The amount of detail captured in this book makes the reader feel like he/she part of the story. This story illustrates how humans are imperfect and can be overcome with greed and winning. James Stewart, humanizes all of the characters by describing their flaws and shortcomings. Further, he describes the strong relationships they have with each other. Many people can relate to each character in some way or another. It is a great read and I would recommend it to anyone... even if they have a limited knowledge of financial markets.

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Good, possible audio issues aside

Some weird audio issues, almost like they did retakes mid-sentence. Otherwise good narration and a good story.

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Unbelievable Book!

Great for anybody interested in the true, inner workings of Wall Street!
Even though the book is "Unabridged" it is the perfect legnth. Right as you think the book is starting to drag, they turn it around. Well done.

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Fantastic book that explains how Wall Street thieves got away with it

A fascinating explanation that is deep but not overly burdened with technical details showing how greedy people like Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken were able to cheat, steal and lie about it, while railroading Investors and ruining companies with mountains of debt….AND GET AWAY WITH IT. They are still millionaires, and have created fake publicity to try and “improve” their image, and live their lives pretending that they never did anything “wrong.” Wall Street is not for the outsiders, but to benefit a core group of inside traders. Johnny Heller’s performance brings the people and the book alive.

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Great story

The book is divided into two parts. The first deals with the individual stories of the participants in the crimes and wrongdoings and is very interesting, fast paced, etc. you basically can't stop listening to the story. The second part, which focuses on the investigation and trials, contains a lot of detail on the legal proceedings, which I particularly did not enjoy as much as the first part. Overall, it's a great book, and the audio performance is terrific, maybe the best I've heard so far.

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Reading needed

While quite enjoyable, some books must be read to fully grasp the intricacies, twist, turns and sequences of events.

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Interesting Read

Narrator speaks quickly and is difficult to follow because of the sophisticated financial information of the subject . I found myself having to listen to segments over. Take away... greed destroys the innocent but rarely the greedy.

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  • 11-11-14

Long and Dry, but interesting

If you like to understand Wall St then this book gives you a great insider look into insider trading. A little long winded but still worth hanging in there.

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  • Fred
  • 09-28-20

Doesn't really bring it to life

Obviously a fascinating story but the book took a long time to get going in relation to more modern financial crime accounts.

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  • rikki
  • 07-27-19

very long

this book seemed to drag in places but it did cover a huge amount of information. set in the wall street heyday of the Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky era inside trading is screwing the little guys and medium firms, the profits were huge and the punishment was minimal.
we will not let it happen again said the government /sec ..oh yes you will everybody else says

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  • Annie
  • 07-27-19

Good but not great

The book was ok but not what I would call good. The facts presented were interesting and the performance was good but I often caught myself losing the focus.

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  • Esteban
  • 05-05-19

Great read (or listen)

I was hooked to it from the start, amazing writing, hats off to James. No wonder he’s won the Pulitzer price!

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  • 10-05-18

a worthwhile commitment

It's only appropriate that such a massive, tangled web of crime has the huge book to match. In a good way, however, because there is so much to cover from individuals to institutions and you get a good understanding of it all. There are A LOT of players involved here which can be slightly confusing but the story is well worth committing the time to. It dragged a bit for me towards the end of the first act and it takes awhile for the resolution to get going but pretty great otherwise.

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  • Bacumen
  • 03-16-15

Real world Wall Street in the 1980's

An entertaining story of the insider trading schemes of the masters of Wall Street in the 80's. This story inspired the classic film Wall Street and some of the true details resemble aspects in the film that are truly remarkable. Much more detail and additional characters are obviously portrayed in the book which also goes into great lengths to detail the legal efforts to discover the integrated network and size of the insider trading that was pandemic in Wall Street.

The later half of the book is less entertaining with the excessive detail of court proceedings, lawyer manoeuvres, etc. But overall, learning about the key players at the time and the frauds they committed that enacted laws for unknown practices makes this book a quintessential part of learning financial history.

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