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17 Dec 2013
Now a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio
 
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort’s own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street. In the 1990s, Belfort became one of the most infamous kingpins in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. It’s an extraordinary story of greed, power, and excess that no one could invent: the tale of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices to making hundreds of millions—until it all came crashing down.
 
Praise for The Wolf of Wall Street

“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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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Abr Mti edition (17 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804190372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804190374
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 13.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (283 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jordan Belfort was born in Queens, New York. He hustled ices to put himself through college showing early entrepreneurial flair. His first business sent him bankrupt at 24 so he went down to Wall St with $100 in his pocket and ended up building one of the largest brokerages in America - the now infamous Stratton Oakmont. A hard partying lifestyle ended in crash and burn. Ultimately indicted by the federal government, Belfort served twenty-two months in prison, and time in rehab. He's now a highly successful motivational speaker. His story is being made into a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by martin Scorsese. He is currently living in Los Angeles.

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What separates Jordan's story from others like it, is the brutal honesty. (Leonardo DiCaprio)

Raw and frequently hilarious. (The New York Times)

Reads like a cross between Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities and Scorsese's Goodfellas ... Laugh-out-loud funny. (The Sunday Times)

an incredible - and strangely compelling - story of shocking greed and power. (The Sunday Telegraph)

The wicked Wolf of Wall Street ... Cocaine. Girls. James Bond cars. Billion-dollar deals and jail for fraud ... the outrageous memoirs of the real Gordon Gekko. (The Daily Mail)

This book reads like The Financial World presented by Ozzy Osbourne ... One reads a book like this for tales of excess, and Belfort certainly delivers, to the point where you long for a night in with Dad's Army and something eggy on a plate. (The Mail on Sunday)

A truly fascinating read. (Daily Express)

Gleefully crass and terribly sad [but] you actually feel for the guy. (Rolling Stone)

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 cocky bad boy of finance recalls ... [his] career as a master of his own universe ... A hell of a read. (Kirkus)

A memoir that reads like fiction ... [about a] vast amount of sex, drugs and risky physical behavior Belfort managed to survive. (Publishers Weekly)

For those not completely familiar with Wall Street, this is an important read. Think of it as a tour of the sort of underbelly of the financial market scene, the dark side of which, in some form, is always out there. For those more experienced, this can be, plain and simple, a fun read. (TheStreet.com) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Stock market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36, he partied like a rock star, lived like a king, and barely survived his rise and fall as an American entrepreneurial icon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Rake's Progress 18 Jun 2014
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the lengthy tale of the first career of Jordan Belfort, creator of one of the most successful penny share boiler rooms and an inveterate consumer of pharmaceuticals. He recounts his excessive spending, copulation and drug-consumption and the impact on himself and his family of this (and his illegal share dealing) ranging through divorce, jail and a lot of hospital time (Belfort has the constitution of Rasputin). It may sound like a mixture of Fear and Loathing and Liars Poker but the author is stuck between being maudlin, half-proud and half-shocked by what he did. In this he is probably correct.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Saw the film first then read the book. 5 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I saw the film without having read the book. It was a fairly good film - typically Scorsese with the music selection and the cinematography although I thought it was a little too long. Di Caprio was very good, as were the supporting actors, many of whom I hadn't really seen before.

I instantly bought the Kindle of the edition and ploughed straight through it. To cut to the chase, it is the autobiography of a guy who makes his millions through a stock broking / investment banking set-up which was immoral at best and downright illegal at worst. I was hoping that it would be a rags-to-riches and back to rags sort of book and fill-in some of the blanks that you expect from a film. It was however somewhat missing - you get the drug abuse, parties, debauched behaviour by his peers and employees and the illegal trading, but you don't get the story of how it all happened - in fact it gavies less of a picture than the film, usually it is the other way around.

Many of the anecdotes from the film are included in the book but they tend to become a little tiring repeated time and time again. When he describes his Rolex or cars, parties, houses, conquests in the bedroom (or wherever it takes his fancy!) it is without any sort of irony or sense that it will wear thin to the reader. It doesn't feel that there is any remorse from the author for the lives that his company ruined by selling worthless stock, the pension funds that might have been hit etc.

I wouldn't suggest reading if easily offended due to the bad language it contains - it doesn't bother me but each to their own. Overall it was OK, perhaps as a tale of greed and debauchery it was interesting - not greatly written but if you enjoyed the film the chances are you might enjoy the book.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Greed, power, drugs, but missing something 19 Mar 2008
Format:Hardcover
The book tells the story of Jordon Belfont, the "Wolf of Wall Street", a guy who seems to have made insane amounts of money in not strictly legal ways, and then blew as much as he could on drugs, boats, drugs, planes, drugs, prostitutes and, well... more drugs!

And that's pretty much the book, a retelling of how he spent his money, and how the drugs made him feel, before the final crash.

The thing is it missed what I find the most interesting thing in these sorts of books or films, the climb before the fall.

The book starts off with the young Jordon at his first day at Wall Street, flat broke and in awe of all the big-shots and money around him. The chapter ends by Jordon describing how, if you had told him then, he wouldn't have believed that in a few years time he'd employ most of his seniors, and own the posh restaurant he was having lunch in.

Great set up for how he did it, but it never comes. The book jumps straight to him being incredibly successful, with a raging drug habit! It misses what could have been a really interesting ride.

The rest of the book is tales of his debauched lifestyle and eventual re-hab, interesting enough, but there's just too much of it. You do feel a bit bored come the end, which seems to be slightly rushed.

All in all it's an OK read, but could have been so much better. Worth a punt if you've got a long journey and enjoy reading about someone's debauched life.

It's apparently being made into a film, in which case I think it's going to need some padding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this 28 May 2014
By Anne
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I could not put this down, explains a lot about our banking system! Cannot wait to see the film. Brilliant holiday or long haul flight reading.
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Great story, enjoyed the wildness of Belfort's life. An easy read.
Had some intricate finance details which would be of interest to anyone in that industry but easily skipped for a novice.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not so good 25 May 2014
By joyz
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Got bored quickly and didn't finish the book self-serving and opinionated lead character quickly turned me off, but that is the nature of the storyline, so perhaps it was me
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic account 24 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Fantastic read, had me captivated throughout with Jordan's various exploits. Could have explained more on how he actually started the brokerage firm. Great story though would recomend
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me. 20 May 2014
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Heard all the hype about the film, so purchased the book. Sadly didn't even bother to finish it. Not for me.:(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 3 days ago by Sue Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn
However it's fair to say the movie delivers more of a bang due to it's direction and brilliant acting. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Marc Gourley
5.0 out of 5 stars Depraved and hilarious - a recommended fun read
Depraved and hilarious - a recommended fun read
Published 10 days ago by LanceB
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!
Loved this book. Better than the film. Get to know all the nitty gritty that the film just couldn't capture. Already recommended it to a few people!
Published 11 days ago by Max Milligan
4.0 out of 5 stars but thankfully it was better. The story of how Jordan Belfort made his...
This wasn't quite what I was expecting, but thankfully it was better. The story of how Jordan Belfort made his millions is shocking and will probably seriously p*ss you off! Read more
Published 11 days ago by Lulloo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good reading
Published 12 days ago by John E
2.0 out of 5 stars but didn't like all the bad language in it
After all the hype about the film I thought I would buy the book, but didn't like all the bad language in it, also found it very boring.
Published 13 days ago by joanie
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the film!
So good! Recommend reading before watching the film. The book is ten times better!
Published 13 days ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars love affair (with wife)
For plot, humour, dialogue, intrigue, love affair (with wife), this story beats most novels I have read. Read more
Published 15 days ago by rodorchai
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
Watched the film then bought the book and it's safe to say the book exceeded expectations.
Published 17 days ago by Kate
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