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The Believers: How America Fell for Bernard Madoff's $65 Billion Investment Scam Hardcover – January 15, 2010

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297859196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297859192
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,928,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There's almost no way to approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with objectivity . . . but [Lebor] has achieved the near-impossible. . . . A well-rounded and truly human insight into the conflict."  —Publishers Weekly starred review on City of Oranges

"Timely, important, . . . I wish policy makers worldwide would read LeBor's trenchant analysis."  —Margaret MacMillan, author, Paris 1919, on Complicity with Evil

"When the nations of the world are prepared to do something about genocide, beyond decrying it, they will have the use of Adam LeBor's scrupulous and unflinching history to remind them of the cost of inaction."  —Alan Furst, author, The Spies of Warsaw, on Complicity with Evil

About the Author

Adam LeBor is an author and journalist with more than 25 years experience who
currently reports from Central Europe for the Times. His previous books include City of Oranges, Complicity with Evil, and Seduced by Hitler.

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I am a British author and journalist. I grew up in London in the 1970s and studied at Leeds University, where I also edited the student newspaper. I enjoyed a peripatetic career on a number of Fleet Street newspapers with assignments that ranged from seeking London's best dry Martini to investigating Nazi war criminals who found sanctuary in Britain.

In 1991 I decided to become a foreign correspondent and moved to Budapest to cover the aftermath of the collapse of Communism. I also spent much time in the former Yugoslavia, covering the wars in Croatia and Bosnia. I moved to Paris for a year in 1997 to write a thriller, which eventually became The Budapest Protocol, then returned to Budapest. Over the years I have worked in more than 30 countries and enjoyed some hair raising adventures along the way. I now write for the Economist, The Times (of London), Monocle, Traveler and many others and I review books for the New York Times and the Financial Times. I also teach journalism at Mathias Corvinus Collegium in Budapest.

I've written eight non-fiction books and two novels, which have been published in twelve languages including Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew and Hungarian. These include the ground-breaking Hitler's Secret Bankers, which exposed Swiss economic complicity with Nazi Germany and which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize; a biography of Slobodan Milosevic, now regarded as the standard work on his life and City of Oranges, which recounts the lives of Arab and Jewish families in Jaffa, and which was shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly Prize.

I am especially interested in the inter-face between fact and fiction. Complicity with Evil, my investigation into the United Nation's failure to stop genocide, helped inspire my new thriller series, featuring a smart, feisty but haunted heroine. The Geneva Option, the first in a series of books featuring Yael Azoulay, is published by Telegram in Britain and HarperCollins in the US. You can read one of Yael's adventures for free by downloading The Istanbul Exchange, available here for Kindle and from the publisher, HarperCollins US, in all formats.

Tower of Basel, my investigative history of the Bank for International Settlements, the world's most secretive and influential financial institution, is published in the US and Britain in June by PublicAffairs. It's quite a story.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lutfi Zakhour on October 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
While how Madoff was able to run such a scam for almost three decades is unbelievable, this book really does not get to the bottom of the story. It seems that the author relied too much on publicly available information and only uncovers little insignificant details. Worse yet, the book is poorly written and structured, at times reading as though it was quickly edited to release it in time to make some money while the topic was hot.
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