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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241970474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241970478
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert W. Greene was a veteran reporter for more than twenty-seven years, a Senior Staff Investigator for the New York City Anti-Crime Committee and an investigator for the U.S. Senate. As a reporter for Newsday, he headed investigative teams that twice won the Pulitzer Prize gold medal. He was also president of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Group. He died in 2008.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. G. M. Mitchell on 16 Mar. 2014
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I liked this book because it is a true story. I saw the movie and then wanted to dig deeper into the real story. The author has thoroughly researched the story. It is a serious story but I laughed out loud at some places. As the blurb on the back of the book says "it says a lot about the American dream".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JCT Richards on 12 Jan. 2014
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If you want to know how to scam.....and you have the nerve and intelligence....then this is the way to do it! I was astonished at the number of so-called 'intelligent' American congressmen who were caught out by the FBI and the hustlers. It just shows that greed has no boundaries as far as politicians are concerned. A really good read!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Washminster on 2 Feb. 2014
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See Washminster.blogspot.com (post for Feb 2nd 2014) - should be read by anyone with interest in psychology; political behaviour & the constant need to address Acton's dictum that "power tends to corrupt"
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Profound Ethical Questions Raised 30 Sept. 2000
By "kingsransom" - Published on Amazon.com
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This book chronicles "Abscam" and its repercussions. Abscam was a FBI sting operation in which Abdul, a fictitious, wealthy Arab sheik sought to achieve several things: asylum in the U.S., investment opportunities in the U.S. and help in getting his own money out of his own country.
FBI agents posing as associates of Abdul approached politicians for "help" in achieving Abdul's goals. What follows is a tale of deceit, corruption and lies as politicians responded positively to Abdul's offers of big money. The FBI's sting operation brought out many crooks and resulted in bribery and conspiracy charges. However, Abscam also raised many questions as to the FBI's entrapment tactics, even resulting in one conviction being overturned.
While shocking and disturbing, the story is nevertheless at times amusing. The end result is a comprehensive review of one of the biggest scandal's in U.S. history.
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Better Than The Movie 25 Jan. 2014
By Mr. Walter Mack - Published on Amazon.com
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The movie would have been better if it had hewed closer to the facts. Some of the actual meetings are even funnier in print than in cinema. My advice is to explore both and decide for yourself.
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Intriguing and upsetting 2 Jan. 2014
By Barbara F. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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Most readers wouldn't be upset by the book, but most readers are not related to one of the Congressmen who was entrapped by this character and the FBI. The best aspect of the book is the attention to detail and the author's ability to portray Melvin Weinberg's fascinating personality. I hope more people will read this book after seeing "American Hustle," as the true history of Abscam is much more complex than portrayed. The "ending" is not so happy as the Hollywood version either. I'm buying a second copy as I want to be able to lone one out. Some day, the entire truth about this episode in history may be revealed. There is much more to the story and it is foolish not to think it was politically motivated - the FBI was working under someone's instruction and that someone had an interest in targeting those particular congressional figures.
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Timely Read 24 Jan. 2014
By Bob Hillier - Published on Amazon.com
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With the popularity of "American Hustle," this factual account of the sting man prototype portrayed in the movie is a timely read. The movie is more fiction than fact in the personal drama, but the overlaps with actual history are close enough.
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A riveting TRUE story.. 27 Jan. 2014
By Don Eilenberger - Published on Amazon.com
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If you saw "American Hustle" and wanted to know the real story of how the Abscam sting came about, and the people behind it -- this is the book you should read. It's a great story of a likeable con-man (Mel Weinberg), the FBI and the assorted cast of corrupt characters that were caught in Abscam. The movie was likeable - but not terribly accurate, when they said "Some of this actually happened" - that should have said "SOME of this actually happened."

The real story is much more complex and entertaining than the imaginings of the script writers for the movie. You'll learn a lot about different sorts of scams - with gems of wisdom interspersed from Mel on how to get away with them. In the movie - the Mayor of Camden was portrayed as a semi-innocent likeable pawn in the machinations of Abscam. In fact - he was really the central character who made it all happen. And he was not at all innocent, his hand was out from the minute he was approached, and although he was likeable, he was also a crook.

It appeared about that time (has anything changed? I sort of doubt it..) that any politician in NJ at the time had a price and was happy to be on the take. While several politicians did turn down the bribe offers - not a single one ever reported the offers to the authorities. Not a one. It seems as the case that NJ had the best politicians money could buy, but they weren't alone in that - other politicians from other states were approached, some participated and were arrested, some demurred - but again - not a one ever reported it.

Great and entertaining - at times very funny - book. Highly recommend it.
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