The Wolf of Wall Street

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"By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex,and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170 foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called...Wolf of Wall Street." In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the
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"By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex,and international globe-trotting. From the binge that sank a 170 foot motor yacht, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called...Wolf of Wall Street." In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent - the extraordinary story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down.
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In 2003, Jordan Belfort pleaded guilty to money laundering and securities fraud. He was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay back $119 million to investors. Before this grand comeuppance, the Stratton Oakmont executive was king of the hill; a Wall Street wonder boy; a multimillionaire at 26. This brash young man was also a hard partier and playboy; a globe-trotting cocaine addict who crashed a Gulfstream jet and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab. The Wolf of Wall Street describes the rise and fall of a crooked American entrepreneur who somehow lived to tell the story. (Hand-selling tip: Martin Scorsese's film based on this book will be released in mid-November. Starring in this major release are Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, and Margot Robbie.)

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“Raw and frequently hilarious.”The New York Times
 
“A rollicking tale of [Jordan Belfort’s] rise to riches as head of the infamous boiler room Stratton Oakmont . . . proof that there are indeed second acts in American lives.”Forbes
 
“A cross between Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities and Scorsese’s GoodFellas . . . Belfort has the Midas touch.”The Sunday Times (London)
 
“Entertaining as pulp fiction, real as a federal indictment . . . a hell of a read.”Kirkus Reviews

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Belfort, who founded one of the first and largest "chop shop" brokerage firms in 1987, was banned from the securities business for life by 1994, and later went to jail for fraud and money-laundering, delivers a memoir that reads like fiction. It covers his decade of success with straightforward accounts of how he worked with managers of obscure companies to acquire large amounts of stock with minimal public disclosure, then pumped up the price and sold it, so he and the insiders made large profits while public investors usually lost. Profits were laundered through purchase of legitimate businesses and cash deposits in Swiss banks. There is only brief mention of Belfort's life before Wall Street or events since 1997. The book's main topic is the vast amount of sex, drugs and risky physical behavior Belfort managed to survive. As might be expected in the autobiography of a veteran con man with movie rights already sold, it's hard to know how much to believe. The story is told mostly in dialogue, with allegedly contemporaneous mental asides by the author, reported verbatim. But it reports only surface events, never revealing what motivates Belfort or any of the other characters. (Oct. 2)

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Kirkus Reviews
A cocky bad boy of finance recalls, in much detail and scabrous language, his nasty career as a master of his own universe. At a young age, in an industry with many precocious bandits, Belfort ran a Long Island-based brokerage with the deceptively WASP-y name of Stratton Oakmont. It was a bucket shop habitually engaged in crooked underwritings. Its persuasive boss was a stock manipulator and tax dodger; he details the stock kiting, share parking, money laundering and customer swindles. Many millions poured in, and cash brought with it excess upon excess. Along with compliant women and copious drugs, there were multiple mansions, many servants, aircraft, yachts and, for all the guys on the trading floor, trophy wives. Among his under-the-table and beneath-the-sheets activities, the author's most imperative seemed to be sex and dope-taking, despite his professed abiding love for his (now ex) wife and kids. Belfort's portrait of his family is vivid, as is his depiction of the merry cast of supporting players: sweet Aunt Patricia, a Swiss forger, evil garmentos, Mad Max (Stratton's CFO and his father). The melodrama covers coke snorting, Quaalude eating, kinky sex, violence, car wrecks, even a sick child and a storm at sea. "A cautionary tale," the author calls it. It is crass, certainly, and vulgar-and a hell of a read. Belfort displays dirty writing skills many basis points above his tricky ilk. His chronicle ends with his arrest for fraud. Now, with 22 months in the slammer behind him, he's working on his next book. Entertaining as pulp fiction, real as a federal indictment. Agent: Joel Gotler/Intellectual Property Group
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553384772
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/26/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 695
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 10.78 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2008

    Interesting story if you can get past the self admiration

    I will begin this review by saying that the story line is very intriguing. With that being said, Belfort may have been better served to cut this book down to about 300 pages instead of the 519 and perhaps have a real author write it. While I do recoginize that he is a great salesman (albeit a scam artist), having to read on every page about how this much cost or how that much costs gets old very quickly. Jordan, we get it, you made ALOT of money. Obscene amounts of money. One can easily ascertain this early on in the book. No need to extend the book by another 200 pages just so that you can drive this point home over, and over, and over. Getting into all the 'business' aspects kept me reading. I will admit that I was impressed with the complexity of his dealings. He truly did have a great mind and used it to his advantage. The one disturbing occurence that continually played out was the fact that he was an absolute horrible husband and father and had the audacity to laugh about it. All in all it was a good read. Despite the unecessary ranting, it was hard to put down. I recommend it but a Pulitzer Prize winner it is not.

    19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2009

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    So Outrageous I Had To Read It Twice

    Jordan Belfort takes the reader on an astonishing, wild ride through one of the most outrageous scandals in recent Wall Street history.

    He reveals the life of international jet-setting glamour, power, and dangerous excess.

    This is a story of a man who was an almost instant millionaire. Unfortunately for the protagonist, everthing begins to unravel just as quickly, from his business life to his friendships and marriage. Jordan barely survived to tell these stories.

    Part cautionary tale, part insider exclusive, this memoir is a rather frank examination of power and greed. Some of the detailed excesses are lessons for all readers to take note of.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    A reviewer

    As a Sales Assistant at Stratton for 6 years, I really enjoyed Jordan's Book. I couldn't put it down and read it in 2 days. There were some gross exaggerations about the Sales Assistants (not all were young blonde, bosomy, sex fiends who dressed in short skirts or made $100K a year) but for the most part everything else that happened in the board room was true.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2007

    i worked there t oo

    the book totally downplayed the rold of jordan's partner danny who ran the firm while jordan was wacked out. businesses are run by functioning people, I worked ther for three years and never met jordan but dealt with danny every day. he was the real wolf...........

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    Over the top, but interesting...

    Let me start by saying, the first line I read in this book was Jordan stating that this is his story "based on his best recollection of the events". Now, anyone that knows anything about this man, knows that he has an ability to talk quick - he's a salesman and it was his job to get this book to sell and get people talking about it, and him again. Someone that stated that he did as many drugs as he says, would NOT remember 3/4 of what he put in this book. That being said, I took it all with a grain of salt and enjoyed it for what it was - bragging and story telling.

    All in all, it kept my interest as an easy read. It gave you a bit of an inside look into what money and greed can do to people and make them think that they are above it all. I knew going into this book that it was most likely exaggerated, so I didn't take it too seriously. I suppose I could best compare it to one of the most ridiculous tabloid stories you would ever read - just a REALLY long one. He could have cut this book down by a couple hundred pages if he didn't talk about his wife's luscious loins every other paragraph.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Trash

    Please do not waste your time reading this book. I stopped reading it on page 68 because it is a nasty, poorly written book about an owner of a company full of greedy, no nothing pigs. I got wealthy buying and selling stocks and never did business with this type of low life broker. I hope the end of the book finds him actually working for someone else at an hourly wage or he ends up broke. I will never know!!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

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    The Wolf of Wall Street is a very entertaining book. Drugs, drin

    The Wolf of Wall Street is a very entertaining book. Drugs, drinking, and sex permeate the life of a successful Wall Street up and comer. I am looking forward to the movie, though I don’t know how a movie could do this story justice. It is a great book from start to finish.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Could have been a lot better!

    Agree with several other reviews. Belfort should have had someone edit this book - better than it was. Several stories left hanging in the air - especially items about other people. Too self-absorbed to see the forest for the trees. A real shame. This book could have been educating rather than profane.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2007

    Been there, seen that!!

    As a former employee of Stratton Oakmont, I can tell you that it is dead on! Anyone who ever worked there or heard of us would love a sneak peek behind the scenes. Those that didn't, will just be...unable to put it down!! Jordan, as always, a master salesman, has the golden touch!

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2014

    To sadie

    Uhh

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Feeling robbed

    5.99 on the kindle b&n your not keeping your customers happy. Looks like I'll be making the witch to kindle

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2014

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    Amazing that that someone actually lived this life This book re

    Amazing that that someone actually lived this life

    This book revolves around “The Wolf” (Jordan Belfort): An ordinary guy turned manipulative millionaire stockbroker who can take tons upon tons of drugs, spend obscene amounts of money that enable him to do some of the most outrageous things, one of which was the sinking of his 170 foot yacht. He is at the top of his game, having the time of his life, but ultimately his life unravels and comes crashing down. One prevalent theme within this book is his drug abuse, however he uses this addiction and changes it for the better towards the end of the book. This book is very fascinating and makes you want to keep reading. Belfort is very descriptive in his work, but sometimes is a little too descriptive and it is very prolonging to the story. This book is not for every one and it is certainly not for someone who is prude and cant stand countless profanities and sexual content. This book is recommended for someone who is looking for a good read and wants to learn more about the man who succeeded to become “The Wolf of Wall Street” and managed to spend $700,000 on a hotel bill for a few nights. “The Wolf” now has me hooked, so I am going to pick up his sequel: “Catching The Wolf of Wall Street”. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    Both the book and the movie were too long. You can only read/see

    Both the book and the movie were too long. You can only read/see so many sexcapades, drug binges, and illegal business dealings before it all starts to sound the same. Overall though, very interesting. I asked on more than one occasion if people really did live like this. Gave a glimpse of a different world that I will never know.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Boring

    Got boring pretty fast, disappointed!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

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    LEONARDO DICAPRIO IS AWESOME

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

    I hope the movie is better than the book. Hunter Thompson wrote

    I hope the movie is better than the book. Hunter Thompson wrote about essentially the same thing less the greed, but Thompson was a better writer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    interesting story, beware of the language!

    I enjoy reading stories based on peoples lives, this story line was just "wow" so much money and power and crazy lifestyle. I stopped reading it because there was so much cussing, the *f* word especially. I think the story would be much better if the language was toned down a bit.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Could not put this book down!

    Could not put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Wait this is an auto biography

    OMG it is! That is crazy. Wow. I meqn justwow.

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