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Sex, Love, and Money: Revenge and Ruin in the World of High-Stakes Divorce Hardcover – February 4, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press (February 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594630631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630637
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sex, Love and Money is the Kitchen Confidential of divorce-a deliciously gossipy, scandal-filled, insider's view of the high-stakes, big- money world we rarely get to see."
-Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Vanished and High Crimes

"With wit and wisdom, this amazing book shows how the rich disassemble their marriages, dishing vivid examples of how some clients take greed to a whole other level. The authors' description of the "victims" rings true-sometimes funny, sometimes tragic. As a fellow matrimonial lawyer, I know this book tells it how it is and I highly recommend it. A fast read with sound advice."
-Norman M. Sheresky, former President NY Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Emeritus Diplomat, American College of Family Trial Lawyers

"Crackling with hardboiled patter and insider goods, Sex, Love and Money transforms the business of divorce into the stuff of pulp fiction, low farce and grand tragedy. A detective, legal wonk and father confessor, Gerald Nissenbaum, along with co-author John Sedgwick, offers an exuberant expose that shuns cynicism in favor of bemusement, empathy and a giddy celebration of man's tenacity and capacity for folly."
-Molly Abott, Edgar Award-winning author of Queenpin and Bury Me Deep

"Sex, Love and Money is the first and only book I've read that captures the true essence of the practice of family law, exploring the causes-and effects-of divorce from an insider's perspective. As entertaining as it is useful, nothing else you will see or read will provide the breadth of knowledge and insight available here."
-Michael McCurley, McCurley, Orsinger, McCurly, Nelson & Downing LLP Dallas, TX, former president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and diplomat of American College of Family Trial Lawyers

"...As one who has been in the trenches for 42 years myself, I can tell you that Jerry has captured the best and the worst of [divorce] stories. He has done what his peers have threatened to do, [showing] the inside story of divorce litigation with humor, compassion and reality."
-J. Lindsey Short, Jr., ShortCarterMorris LLP Houston, Texas; former president, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers

"The gut-wrenching nasty tactics of divorce are fully exposed in Gerald Nissenbaum and John Sedgwick's Sex, Love and Money...these fascinating cases are compelling, riveting and engrossing. A must read."
-Robert Stephan Cohen, Esq., Cohen Lans LLP, New York City; Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers

About the Author

Gerald Nissenbaum, J.D., a practicing trial lawyer and family law attorney since 1967, has been named one of the best lawyers in America by Town and Country, as well as a top ten divorce attorney by Worth.

John Sedgwick is the critically acclaimed author of the novels The Dark House and The Education of Mrs. Bemis, as well as three works of narrative nonfiction and the multigenerational family memoir In My Blood.

An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, Patrick Lawlor is also an accomplished stage actor. --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

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The stories are riveting.
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I was captivated from the first page to last and finished it in one sitting.
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One of the best books I have read on Divorce Law.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pigeon Cove on February 12, 2010
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Loved the book and the many accounts of strange and "expensive" situations that people intwine themselves in, all in the name of love or the chase for money. If people gave as much thought to who they were marring as they give to a car purcahse, if they were realistic and could judge character better, and if there was no such thing as greed, divorce law would come to a grinding halt and people would avoid a bundle of headaches and save a lot money. Alas, people aren't that circumspect and that's when Jerry Nissenbaum and his fellow divorce lawayser come into play.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa Peterson on February 13, 2010
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Thank you for the fabulous book. This truly is a must read for all, especially those who are divorced and unhappy with the outcome. What love, sex and money do to people emotionally is absolutely amazing. I am not sure who I am most disturbed by, the child molester and the wife who took him back, the case of the international kidnapping,(everyone will be glad to not have her in their life) or the woman with the turkey baster. Unbelievable....fact is truly stranger than fiction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynette Pierce on February 13, 2010
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Written by an attorney who would be entertaining to watch in action along with his office staff. These hard to believe stories are told with humor and a straightforwardness even when all characters are coming at each other from so many different angles. The book is full of provocative character studies which continue to linger in my thoughts...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MBS on February 16, 2010
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Great book --It should be on 'a must read list' for anyone contemplating a divorce or in the middle of a divorce - there are too few books out there that tell the truth about the games people play during the divorce process, high stakes or not. It's a quick read and entertaining!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beau Coeur on February 24, 2010
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One of the best books I have read on Divorce Law. I found it an insightful book into the real world of divorce: loaded with incredible, almost unbelievable stories of divorces and how sex, love, and money come into play. He made soap operas seem tame in comparison. This is one book you will pick up and not want to put down until you are finished. I've had a few jaw-dropping moments while reading this, and believe me either your jaws will drop like mine or your eyes will strain to get out of their sockets...Murder, revenge, deceit, this book has all the melange of a good thriller. You will be introduced to a few legal terms and the authors will take you through several cases with very in depth analysis.

You will read about a woman who took everything from her husband, and left only two items in the house (I wouldn't want to ruin this part for you), to a German father who spent years trying to get his two sons back from their mother who fled to the US, to a former Prostitution Madam who married a millionaire and tried to extort money from him... as well as kill him. The list goes on and on. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Lipman on September 24, 2010
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If you ever thought that there was nothing new to read about divorce, then read Sex Love and Money. Nissenbaum takes you on the ride of your life, not into the behind the scences of a soap but to real lives where winning is the game at any cost.

Sex Love and Money should be the next book you buy. Entertaining, shocking but told with compassion and humour. Everyone will identify in the pages some of their own traits. Human fraility is not exclusive to the rich.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joy M. Feinberg on February 23, 2010
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Jerry Nissenbaum has captured the true essence of a variety of cases in the world of divorce. The stories are riveting. You can't put this book down. Enjoy! Joy Feinberg, Chicago divorce attorney
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By mark jabbour on March 2, 2010
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I gave this book four stars because of the ending: Part five, Chapter Twelve, "A PIECE OF ADVICE." Here, the author Nissenbaum shines. His advice is wise and well worth listening to. Although it probably won't do anyone any good because as he states fairly early: "All marriages start with sex ... " and in " ... the full range of divorce cases ... everything comes back to money." His advice--marry well and "avoid a bad marriage." Basically, it his opinion that people don't change. He counsels--look to their previous behavior because that is how they will behave with you. Well, as I said, who's going to listen to that? Not when there's is sex and money to be had.

Now what I don't like (albeit there may be truth here.) He writes: "At the risk of cultural stereotyping, I'll say that I've generally found Germans to be precise, logical, orderly people." (p.216) On the previous page, with no qualification, he wrote: "She was a Rhode Islander by birth, a child of Spanish immigrants, and she had the wild emotional intensity that I associate with Spaniards." Well, Mr. Nissenbaum, what does that make you, a New England Jewish high-stakes divorce lawyer?

Here is another thing I don't like--the title. There is no love here, not in the section headings (The Scene; Sex; The Money; The Kids; A Piece of Advice) or in the discussion. A word search would not find the word "Love" often--if at all. The stories he tells (all true) are ugly and disheartening. Nissenbaum doesn't discuss love, except love of money. A better title-- "DIVORCE: A story of sex and money." Always, always, the ugliness rains down on the kids, the consequence of the sex, and who are then used as a way to manipulate the money and hurt the former sex buddy. The children are used as a weapon.
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