Madoff with the Money

Madoff with the Money

by Jerry Oppenheimer

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An intriguing look at Bernie Madoff the man, and his scam

Madoff with the Money is a deeply disturbing portrait of Bernie Madoff based on dozens of exclusive, news-making interviews. From the values Madoff was taught growing up in the working class town of Laurelton, Queens to his high-life on Wall Street and the super-rich enclaves of Palm Beach and the French Riviera, bestselling author Jerry Oppenheimer follows the disgraced money manager's trail as he works his way up the social and economic ladder, and eventually scams his trusting clients in a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

Through Oppenheimer's in-depth reporting, you'll discover new revelations in this startling case, and become familiar with the trusting victims-ranging from non-profit Jewish charities to the likes of seemingly sophisticated individuals such as actress Jane Fonda who would "like to shake Madoff until his teeth fall out," the scion of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire who lost a bundle and was forced to rent out rooms in his house, and New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg. There's even Madoff's own sister-in-law and talk show host Larry King, who apparently didn't ask the right questions when he invested. All lost their much-needed life savings, while others saw fortunes small and large evaporate in the greedy financial operations of one of history's all-time charlatans.

Madoff With the Money

  • Delves into the details of the illusive man that lost investors billions
  • Weaves stories of Madoff's past with those of the present in an engaging and accessible style
  • Explores how the financial scam that Madoff ran cost individuals and institutions billions of dollars
  • Other titles by Oppenheimer: Toy Monster: The Big, Bad World of Mattel, and Just Desserts: Martha Stewart the Unauthorized Biography

While there may be other books on the Bernie Madoff debacle, none digs as deep or goes as far to uncover the truth behind the man, and his incredible scam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470572818
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/06/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 719,711
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jerry Oppenheimer has written eight biographies of major American icons, from Martha Stewart and Barbara Walters to the Clintons and Kennedys, and has worked in all facets of journalism, from national investigative reporting in Washington, D.C., to producing TV news and documentaries. He's quoted in magazines such as Vanity Fair and is a frequent guest on national TV interview and syndicated magazine shows, including Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Anderson Cooper 360, Nancy Grace, BBC News, Fox News, and more. He is the author of Toy Monster: The Big, Bad World of Mattel, also from Wiley.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Beginning of the End.

Chapter 2 Growing Up a Madoff.

Chapter 3 Bernie Hobnobs with the Wealthy, Strong-Arms Some Pals, and Courts "Josie College".

Chapter 4 From Queens to Alabama, Scamming Homeowners and Hustling Stock.

Chapter 5 Tying the Knot and Giving Uncle Sam the Business.

Chapter 6 A Borscht Belt Summer Camp Sets the Stage for Bernie's Ponzi Scheme.

Chapter 7 Moving On Up.

Chapter 8 The Bagel Baker Becomes a Financial Guru, and the Mob Boys from Rockford Pay a Visit.

Chapter 9 "Whatever You Do, Kid, Never Invest a Penny in the Stock Market, Because It's Run by Crooks and Sons of Bitches".

Chapter 10 A Madoff Speaks Out and an Empty Promise.

Chapter 11 Mr. Outside versus Mr. Inside versus the SEC.

Chapter 12 Life inside the Madoff Piggy Bank, Flashing the Plastic, and Losing the Farm.

Chapter 13 A Family (and Sometimes an Office) Affair.

Chapter 14 Another Arrest, and Blood Relatives Get Taken to the Cleaners.


Author's Note on Sources.



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Madoff with the Money 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Stemline More than 1 year ago
This summary of Madoff's life makes it clear that he didn't "accidently" get into his Ponzi scheme as he claimed: he was a crook from the start and came from a family of crooks. The book is thorough in describing the fraud, yet not overly long and does not go into great financial detail. One wonders about the IQs of some of his victims; it seems that many of those people should have known Madoff was a scamster. An excellent choice for someone who wants some knowledge of what went on.
Sepia65 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because the library had only one copy and there was a waiting list. My money wasn't wasted. Oppenheimer did a good job researching his subject. The reader is given some keen insight into Bernie Madoff's upbringing, education and his rise before the very public fall. My only problem with this book is that Oppenheimer often jumped around from one decade to the other when telling Madoff's story. While this may have been necessary, I found it a bit annoying. Otherwise, a great read for anyone interested in Bernie Madoff.
alfredny More than 1 year ago
Like the story - wasn't thrilled with the writting. Found it hard to follow at times.
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diegoespinel More than 1 year ago
Very detailed description about Madoff's life. Keeps you interested all the way through.
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SM238 More than 1 year ago
I found the personal feelings of the author mixed with the interviews of Madoff's victims very sad and also interesting considering that many were experienced investors who were burned so bad. One has to wonder what goes through Madoff's mind as he spends the rest of his life in prison; does he actually face his own sad legacy, so very sad, knowing that his son has committed suicide and his wife no longer wants to be known as Mrs. Madoff. After all is said and done: Does Bernie believe that, on one hand, the memories of leading the grandest life, and, on the other hand, the immence pain that he caused to so many investors, was it worth it? SM238
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