The Price of Experience: Money, Power, Image, and Murder in Los Angeles Hardcover – 25 Aug 2000
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In brief, the BBC were a group of young, rich, thick young men who during the 1980s allowed themselves to be manipulated and corrupted by an apparent psychopath called Joe Hunt (nee Gamsky). Hunt/Gamsky used the social cache of these LA brats to help him set up a ponzi scheme fraud, and then some of them murdered some people because they couldn't even commit fraud properly, and were running out of money.
That's about it, but the book describes the descent of these thoroughly unlikeable reprobates in excruciating detail. The reader is regailed with descriptions of not only the protagonists, but what feels like their family tree going back three generations, including pets and gardeners. It is at least professionally written and well edited, and there are some nice touched which evoke the LA of the 1980s in elegaic style. I assume, because I've never been to LA.
The central character, Hunt/Gamsky is someone you will feel you know, if not like, by the end of the book. He, and in some senses the book, seems to style himself as a cult leader cum financial whiz, but he failed at both. Anyone in their right mind should know that if someone claims to have discovered a 'system' for beating the commodities markets, or getting a return on investment of 13% per month, they are a deluded con man.
The author is to be commended on his superb research skills and his professional approach to writing, but this book is three times too long and getting to the end was a struggle.
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The story of how he acted as his own lawyer and got himself off of murder was utterly fascinating.
The story of someone who you could imagine could do anything he set his mind to. Absolutely anything.
He is really a fascinating character, and if you think about success or ambition, I am sure you will find this a facinating tale.