Sex, Love, and Money: Revenge and Ruin in the World of High-Stakes Divorce [NOOK Book]

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In this riveting memoir, one of the nation's best divorce lawyers opens decades of case files, exposing salacious stories that make fiction jealous.

We all know the stereotypes of divorce: the cheating husband, the financially and emotionally broke wife. But after handling fighting spouses for nearly forty years, attorney Gerald Nissenbaum knows that the truth is even more ...
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Sex, Love, and Money: Revenge and Ruin in the World of High-Stakes Divorce

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Overview

In this riveting memoir, one of the nation's best divorce lawyers opens decades of case files, exposing salacious stories that make fiction jealous.

We all know the stereotypes of divorce: the cheating husband, the financially and emotionally broke wife. But after handling fighting spouses for nearly forty years, attorney Gerald Nissenbaum knows that the truth is even more outrageous and extraordinary than the characters on soap operas or courtroom reality TV.

From a money-hungry wife who emptied the entire house-from furniture to the light fixtures-before leaving her husband penniless; to a revenge-obsessed husband who delivered truckloads of documents to his wife trying to deceive her, Nissenbaum shares the best tales from his extensive, successful career. Commanding upwards of $700 per hour, he knows everything about his well-to-do clients: how much is in his bank account; what kind of sex she likes and how often; if they marred for money or power; how he cheated and with whom.

Based on the three elements that hold a marriage together and ultimately tear many apart, Sex, Love and Money examines the darkly humorous, ironic, cathartic, vindictive, sad and simply astonishing situations people go through to break asunder what a wedding put together.

In this compelling memoir, Gerald Nissenbaum and John Sedgwick shed a blinding light on the behind-the-scenes work of divorce lawyers with a comedic bang. Showing all sides of human nature, from the very best to the absolute worst, this compulsively readable tale is a true guilty pleasure.
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"The Kitchen Confidential of divorce—-a deliciously gossipy, scandal-filled, insider's view of the high-stakes, big-money world we rarely get to see." —-Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Vanished
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101171721
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/4/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 467 KB

Meet the Author


Gerald Nissenbaum, J.D., has been a practicing trial lawyer and family law attorney since 1967. Named one of the best lawyers in America by Town and Country, as well as a top ten divorce attorney by Worth, Nissenbaum serves on the executive committee of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers. A former president of both the International and American Academies of Matrimonial Lawyers, he also writes a weekly column for the Boston Herald and has a private practice in Boston, Massachusetts. John Sedgwick is the critically acclaimed author of the novels The Dark House and The Education of Mrs. Bemis, as well as three works of narrative nonfiction and the multigenerational family memoir In My Blood. He has written for GQ, Atlantic Monthly, and Newsweek, and he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, Patrick Lawlor is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. His recent audio includes the New York Times bestseller The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell (Tantor). "Lawlor is masterful." —The Philadelphia Inquirer
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  • Posted April 21, 2011

    A must-read, even if you're not divorcing

    Valuable insights and information into the mess all divorces have the potential to become. These are extreme cases but the author gives little bits of advice as each situation unfolds. (i.e. If you've lost the judge, you've lost the case.) A practical post chapter at the end gives basic advice for dealing with divorce and custody. A good read that will help anyone dealing with divorce. At first I didn't like the way the book was written with dialogue, but I got over it because the subject matter was so compelling. Practical and informative, not trashy, as the title implies. I've already recommended it to four people with custody/divorce issues. I don't need to read books on divorce, but I enjoyed this one. Non-fiction.

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    Libel and Slander Dominate in "Madame and Millionaire" chapters; Beware the remaining content

    This book is pure yellow journalism, fiction as its worst, posing as NON-fiction. Gerry writes about the Simon vs. Simon case, thinly veiled, of course and makes outrageous allegations about Madame Simon. He has written this entire book as a smoke screen to point the jaundice gaze of the Boston Bar association away from himself and his "Egregious ACTS: enumerated in the judgment against him by Judge Steinburg of Mass. He knows that HE is the true Gold-digger and has been found to be the rapist and pillager of the Simon Estate, while accusing the Madame of just that. He is the embodiment of hypocrisy and the type of lawyer that makes other lawyers throw up, and wish they were in a different brotherhood. Gerry is the greediest man we've ever known in the Boston Bar and soon should be disbarred after the BBO finishes its investigation into this thug. If only he could write truthfully about his experiences he might have a new career as a writer, but he'll have to stick to fiction, because once he has been deemed a liar and a thief by a Boston judge, there's no credibility left. Don't waste your money on this filth, He is a self-aggradizing misogynistic, megalomaniac who spins a drivelling tale, that would best be in a script. If they do make a movie of this crap, I'll be right there to offer the actual facts about this land-shark, who had the audacity to try to divorce my husband from myself posthumously. He'll do anything for money, which makes him lower than the cunningest of prostitutes.

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    Posted April 21, 2011

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