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Octopus

Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con
Lawson, Guy (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Traces the story of an audacious hedge fund fraud and the manhunt for founder Sam Israel, who bet his final millions on a federal-run "secret market" society of clandestine bankers, shady European nobles, and spies tied to a mysterious cabal.
Authors: Lawson, Guy
Title: Octopus
Sam Israel, the secret market, and Wall Street's wildest con
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xv, 352 p. ; 25 cm
Notes: Includes index
Summary: Traces the story of an audacious hedge fund fraud and the manhunt for founder Sam Israel, who bet his final millions on a federal-run "secret market" society of clandestine bankers, shady European nobles, and spies tied to a mysterious cabal.
ISBN: 0307716074
9780307716071
Branch Call Number: HG4928.5 .L39 2012
Statement of Responsibility: Guy Lawson
Subject Headings: Wall Street (New York, N.Y.) Hedge funds United States Stockbrokers United States Biography Israel, Samuel, 1959-
Topical Term: Hedge funds
Stockbrokers
LCCN: 2012003095
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Jan 24, 2014
  • capitalcity rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Myth, delusion, irreality writ large; credulity to the max. Visiting a neighborhood in the financial Twilight Zone.

May 15, 2013
  • campbekn rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the first half of the book - about Israel's journey in to the hedge fund market, much more than I did the second half, which reads much more like a thriller. That aside though, there is something for everyone in this novel.

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