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After the sudden onslaught of the Great Depression, Americans searched for the roots of this ever-deepening economic debacle. No one pursued them more tenaciously than Ferdinand Pecora, the cigar-smoking chief counsel and lead investigator of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking and Currency. For two years, from 1932 to 1934, Pecora conducted intensive public interrogations of formerly sacrosanct commodities speculators, investment bankers, and financiers. Exposing widespread economic chicanery, tax evasion, and manipulative practices among "big money men," the Pecora Commission hearings attracted national media coverage. The Hellhound of Wall Street describes this forgotten episode in our history and the aftereffects it left on American business practices and perceptions.