Empire of Deception

Empire of Deception

From Chicago to Nova Scotia--the Incredible Story of A Master Swindler Who Seduced A City and Captivated the Nation

eBook - 2015
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In the tradition of bestselling books like The Devil in the White City and The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, Empire of Deception combines investigative journalism and captivating storytelling to examine one of the greatest con men of the twentieth centuryIt was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it more mad than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. Speakeasies thrived, gang war shootings announced Al Capone's rise to underworld domination, Chicago's corrupt political leaders fraternized with gangsters and the frenzy of stock market gambling was rampant. Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and non-existent oil wells in Panama. When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished, and the Chicago state's attorney, a man whose lust for power equalled Leo's own lust for...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781443441100
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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richibi
Sep 12, 2016

a fascinating story brilliantly told, reads like a bestseller

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jamlover2
Aug 20, 2015

Very well written, and the author was able to convey a clear picture of the sights, images and fashions of the era. I also found it moderately humorous, although other emotions such as pity and contempt were also ignited. I think that one sub-theme was not adequately addressed, which is the real underlying reason why Koretz acted the way he did in Chicago and Nova Scotia. Was it to counter-balance his insecurities? Was it his need to be admired and always at the centre of attention?
This however is not a shortcoming of the author, as only Koretz himself could provide these answers.

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