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Den of Thieves [Kindle Edition]

James B. Stewart
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A #1 bestseller from coast to coast, Den of Thieves tells the full story of the insider-trading scandal that nearly destroyed Wall Street, the men who pulled it off, and the chase that finally brought them to justice.

Pulitzer Prize–winner James B. Stewart shows for the first time how four of the eighties’ biggest names on Wall Street—Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, and Dennis Levine —created the greatest insider-trading ring in financial history and almost walked away with billions, until a team of downtrodden detectives triumphed over some of America’s most expensive lawyers to bring this powerful quartet to justice.

Based on secret grand jury transcripts, interviews, and actual trading records, and containing explosive new revelations about Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky written especially for this paperback edition, Den of Thieves weaves all the facts into an unforgettable narrative—a portrait of human nature, big business, and crime of unparalleled proportions.

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Stewart takes the reader through the maze of arcane Wall Street dealings as if he were writing a detective story.--The Philadelphia Inquirer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13819 KB
  • Print Length: 612 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009XPX0J6
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprinted edition edition (20 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E2RG3ZS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,491 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Insider Account 23 Feb. 2006
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This classic account of insider trading during the greed decade remains as riveting today as the day it was published. Prize-winning journalist James B. Stewart manages to turn an account of the arcane market manipulation that led to the 1987 crash into a page-turner with all the suspense of a detective novel. And while the main villains here - Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky - have faded off the public radar, their philosophical descendants at Enron, Tyco and Adelphia remind investors that greed and market manipulation will never go out of style. Stewart’s richly detailed book is must reading for those who trust their careers or their savings to the markets. We recommend this withering account of over-the-top greed to anyone who works or invests on Wall Street.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A STONKING GOOD READ! 24 Oct. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One of the most readable books I've ever had the pleasure of owning.

Whilst the subject matter is an expose of a bunch of cheating, fraudulent, selfish, and voracious mercenaries operating under, what was in the 1980's the ostensibly respectable guise of investment bankers and arbitragers, it is, nevertheless, a fascinating insight into and exposition of, the world of Corporate Mergers, Take-overs and Financing in the free-wheeling, under-regulated 80's.

Insider trading was the business of the four main racketeers, Dennis Levine, Martin Siegel, Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken, with dollops of tax fraud and money laundering thrown in to demonstrate their criminal versatility. Dennis Levine is shown as a fantasist who rated his own meagre ability as being that of a financial genius but in reality was far from it. Martin Siegel was suave, personable and a very able and respected Investment Banker whose involvement in these crimes was difficult to understand. Whereas Ivan Boesky whose mantra was "greed is all right" outwardly showed all the signs of being morally malleable in pursuit of wealth. Michael Milken, in terms of illicit financial gains was by far and away 'daddy' of them all when it came to sheer greed, and the most complex to understand.

That these guys since their convictions,large fines and prison sentences, are professing to have seen the light, and are now busting a gut to appear to be paragons of virtue intent on helping humanity, does not in any way camouflage the extent of their criminality which resulted in millions of people directly and indirectly being swindled. Yes and that could include you and me!

James B Stewart has written a masterfully gripping book, which reads like a detective story and which guides the reader through the maze of arcane Wall Street dealings in a most interesting and easily understandable manner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Role Models 7 May 2011
By demola
When I was a young lad I got into reading Forbes and Fortune magazines. At this time junk bonds were all the rage and Michael Milken was one person I looked up to as a success story worthy of emulation. After reading DoT I'm appalled at the lengths he went to to achieve the success he did. He got rich and is still phenomenally so. Crime pays. James Stewart's book is splendidly told. You're reading it and thinking "you gotta be kidding me". It's all that's wrong in our star culture, ethics be damned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient history... and not... 22 Jun. 2015
By John P. Jones III TOP 500 REVIEWER
I read this book not long after it was published in 1991. James B. Stewart, a Wall Street Journal editor, with the insights that such a position can yield, and a rarer moral outlook, produced this excellent account of some of the principle characters of what was once known as "the decade of greed," as in, "greed is good," the 1980's. Four of those individuals were once (almost) household names, at least in the households of those with a member in the corporate boardroom. They are: Martin Siegel, Ivan F. Boesky, Michael R. Milken and Dennis B. Levine. By any reasonable definition of the word, including legal definitions, they are all thieves, hence the title to the book. Stewart says: "The magnitude of the illegal gains was so large as to be incomprehensible to most laymen." What Stewart did not know at the time, nor did any of the rest of us: "We ain't seen nothing yet."

The first portion of the book, entitled "Above the Law" is an incisive look into the business and social culture of a sliver of American society: the high-rollers on Wall Street. To convey that one is "successful" is paramount; the gullible will want to ease-drop on your every whisper, as a famous ad on the now defunct E. F. Hutton proclaimed. Michael Milken saw "opportunity" in a dark corner of Wall Street, which traded in "junk bonds." Let's come up with a better, more attractive name, like "high-yield bonds" and do an "academic study" which "proved" that the risk of these bonds was overstated.
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Though the book really is about the crimes commited by Milken and others in conspiting to enrich themselves through market manipulation and insider info. what i really gained from the book is the insight into how the financial nerve centres (in this case wall street) really works. It reveals the arbs, Investment bankers, brokers, financiers, predators, white knights etc. I think any one interested in learning about finance should read this book. It is however very one sided... It takes the side of the law
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Book as expected. Delivery was prompt and came in plenty of time.Looking forward to reading and studying this interesting topic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Great book on the insider trading scandal and its leading characters. The parallels to the current insider trading scandals are clear, as is the corruption sneaking in on otherwise... Read more
Published on 9 Dec. 2010 by N. Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars All as it should be
I ordered the book, got it quickly and in good condition - really, everything as it should be, thanks!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greed is good
Gordon Gekko didnt say so alone. Almost everyone on Wall Street in the boom of the 80s capital and money markets swore by this dictum. Read more
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