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  • Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff | Edward J. Balleisen

    Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Edward J. Balleisen
    • Narrated By Tom Perkins
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    The United States has always proved an inviting home for boosters, sharp dealers, and outright swindlers. Worship of entrepreneurial freedom has complicated the task of distinguishing aggressive salesmanship from unacceptable deceit, especially on the frontiers of innovation. At the same time, competitive pressures have often nudged respectable firms to embrace deception. As a result, fraud has been a key feature of American business since its beginnings.

    Phil O. says: "Encyclopedic; a bit dry in tone, but informative"
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