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Inhaltsangabe: A rollicking tale that is one part "The Sting, "one part "The Great Gatsby, " and one part "The Devil in the White City." Karen Abbott, author of "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy" In a time of unregulated madness, nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. It was the perfect place for a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz to entice hundreds of people to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama. It was an ingenious deceit, one that out-Ponzied Charles Ponzi himself. In this rip-roaring tale of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit, illicit sex, and a brilliant and wildly charming con man on the town and then on the lam, "Empire of Deception "proves that the American dream of easy wealth is truly a timeless commodity. Captivating . . . Dean Jobb tells the story of Leo Koretz, a legendary con artist of Madoffian audacity, with terrific energy and narrative brio. Gary Krist, author of "Empire of Sin" A brilliantly researched tale of greed, ambition, and our desperate need to believe in magic, it s history that captures America as it really was--and always will be. A great read. Douglas Perry, author of "Eliot Ness" Reads like a Gatsby-Ponzi mashup . . . Kudos to Jobb for unearthing this overlooked story and bringing to life a charming, witty, naughty, iconic American crook. Neal Thompson, author of "A Curious Man" The granddaddy of all con men, Leo Koretz gives Jobb the opportunity to exhibit his impressive research and storytelling skills . . . A highly readable, entertaining story. "Kirkus Reviews" "
An Amazon Best Book of May 2015: Part popular history, part true crime, Dean Jobb’s Empire of Deception is the fascinating tale of Leo Koretz, a trained lawyer who used his sweet-talking ways not to defend the law but to break it. Set mostly in Chicago during the Roaring Twenties, the same era that brought us Ponzi and his famous scheme, Jobb’s book is divided into three acts. Act One introduces readers to Koretz, who managed to bilk millions from mostly rich “investors” who thought they were getting entrée into oil and timber interests in Panama. Act Two shows his years of hard criminal work paying off (he lived in a mansion and owned two Rolls Royces) and also catching up to him. Act Three shows him fleeing to Nova Scotia, where he dated a slew of women and threw lavish parties until he was eventually caught. What makes this book so interesting is the excellent pacing and fine detail laced throughout (although toward the end of the book that detail threatens, momentarily, to stall the momentum that Jobb so skillfully builds), the joy of reading about a man who could have taught Bernie Madoff a thing or two, and the sheer chutzpah (and, yes, skill) of Leo Koretz, who for a time lived like Gatsby and who managed to separate millions of dollars from people who probably should have known better. --Chris Schluep
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