No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller (2009)
No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller (2009)
3.83 of 5 Votes: 4
0470625767 (ISBN13: 9780470625767)
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Phenomenal. Almost surreal, but nevertheless very recognizable. How blind we can be collectively and how hard it is to stick by your vision, and continue to believe that 2+2=4 in spite of the fact that so many people and institutions seem to say otherwise.I read it in the middle of a period of writing on Bill Ackman's Herbalife short, which is an episode that has much in common with Harry Markopolos' Madoff experience. As I am writing this the last word has not been spoken in that story. I don't really understand why some reviewers are rating this book as "terrible" or the like. I think it was a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the world of finance in general and of the Madoff case in particular. I believe it was pretty well written for a guy who is a self-proclaimed numbers geek and certainly not a writer by trade. I think it was about as good a job as he could of done in explaining some very complex issues in a manner which allowed we laypeople to understand the key issues. You have to understand this was not a novel, it was and is an interesting telling of a true story: the story of how a numbers freak and his team uncovered the largest financial fraud in the history of the world! If the authors comes off a bit self-righteous at times, he think he's got a right to do so. He and his team knew what a colossal financial fraud Bernie Madoff and his accomplices were pulling off way before any of the other "geniuses" on Wall Street did, and I don't blame him at all for crowing about it a little bit. I think this guy and his team are heroic in the what they did and the book tells their story pretty darn well!
Between this book and Confidence Men, I think I should keep my money under my matress.
More fascinating than a suspense novel because it really happened!
Very interesting, but very dry.
Excellent, must-read book
Ridiculously biased.
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