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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140131029X
  • ASIN: B003BVK2LC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian Ross is one of our most honored and respected journalists. As ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent, he reports extensively for "World News with Charles Gibson," "Nightline," "Good Morning America," "20/20" and "Primetime," as well as for ABC News Radio and ABCNews.com. Ross joined ABC News in July 1994.

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If you're interested in knowing the truth, this book will give you that truth.
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I enjoyed the MADOFF CHRONICLES because it was a complex subject presented in an easy-to-read format.
Avid series reader
This is not the only example and the book is only about 230 pages plus an appendix.).
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By citizen fact checker VINE VOICE on October 5, 2009
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This informative and interesting book includes interviews with a number of people who worked for Bernie Madoff, in particular a chapter devoted exclusively to an interview with Madoff's long-time secretary that's pretty much a tell-all about Madoff and some of the staff.

So many people lost money when they "invested" their funds with Madoff that it is amazing that they and the SEC just ignored the signs of the fraud. The investors and the SEC just did not dig deeply enough to figure out what was going on. Perhaps they just didn't want to. Seems many members of the SEC were just too close to Madoff.

I thought I had read pretty much about the fraud, but while reading this book, the Kindle edition, I realized there was much that I had not known. I was surprised that there were drugs involved, particularly marijuana use by Bernie and his wife Ruth. Bernie used to send his messenger to Spanish Harlem to purchase marijuana, and apparently Ruth Madoff was becoming a serious user of the product.

The book is extremely well written, and I found it hard to put down once I began reading it. I ended up asking how this all could have happened. I'm not an investor, but I read the financial news, thought the SEC could be trusted to follow through as required and do the job of protecting investors. But they failed! The investigator Harry Markopolos was on target when he testified to congress about the Madoff fraud and stated that the SEC wouldn't be able to find ice cream in a Dairy Queen nor steak in an Outback steak restaurant.

I HIGHLY recommend this book and would have given it ten stars were they available.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Roger J. Buffington TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 30, 2010
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"The Madoff Chronicles" is an excellent analysis of the Madoff Ponzi Scheme. Rather than try to tell Madoff's life story, it tells the story of the fraud itself. This piece largely succeeds in explaining various dimensions of the fraud, from its essential nature, its effects on the Madoff family, the reasons that Madoff was able to attract so many investors, and the aftermath. This is an engrossing read that I found impossible to put down.

This piece, unlike some others, seems skeptical that the rest of the Madoff clan did not know that he was operating a Ponzi Scheme instead of a legitimate hedge fund. I completely agree with the author. The notion that Ruth, and above all, his two sons, did not know about the fraud is nonsense. They had to have known. More likely Madoff took the fall for his sons, giving them a pretext of deniability. What is indisputable is that the Madoff family lived a life of incredible luxury that is almost unimaginable. And why not? Whenever the Madoffs wanted money, which was often, they simply took their investors' funds, which funds were never invested at all, just kept in the bank for the use of the Madoffs and the odd investor redemption.

The SEC will likely never live down its failure to detect and put a stop to the Madoff fraud. (I am a civil attorney and have brought suit against numerous Ponzi Schemes. Generally you can spot one in about a minute by the uniform returns of over about ten percent. I've never been wrong yet applying this rule. That the SEC missed this for decades, despite several warnings, is inconceivable--the Madoff scam fit right into this rule.) Madoff's fraud ended only as a result of the 2008 financial crisis.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Opinion_Sharer on January 21, 2010
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Brian Ross gives an excellent account of the Madoff scandal. But his background in TV news shows through his writing in some really annoying ways. First, I got the impression that the chapters were meant to be stand-alone narratives or that the book was not written to be read from beginning to end but however you saw fit. This isn't really the case, but you do get the feeling that you've just come back from a commercial break after the beginning of each chapter. A lot of information is presented again (e.g. "Little Rick" is cited as one of Ross' sources several times. Each time he is described as "Little Rick, the Madoff firm's messenger...". This is not the only example and the book is only about 230 pages plus an appendix.). Another TV news trope is the gotcha line. There are several instances where Ross tells us something trivial about Madoff which allows him to insert a line that reads like dialog from a re-run of Dragnet (e.g. there is no reason for Ross to tell us that Madoff was once a Boy Scout, except, apparently, to remind us that he failed to keep himself "morally straight." Well, duh!). Finally, Ross needs some variation. There is one page in the last chapter which cites sources "close" to "Ruth," "her" (Ruth) and "the Madoff family." I can see that Ross may want to keep a source anonymous, but a little variation in this would be nice.

I came away knowing more about the whole scandal after having read this book but I think it could have been better edited.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Avid series reader on April 6, 2010
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I enjoyed the MADOFF CHRONICLES because it was a complex subject presented in an easy-to-read format. It was actually a page turner. I wanted to know about the personalities behind the scenes, the motivations, the personal histories; Brian Ross's work captured, and capsulized that information succinctly and clearly. I would recommend this book to the lay person, and to someone looking for a fascinating, fast read into the mind and motivations of one of our country's greatest betrayers. I don't know how Madoff ever slept with himself or how he sleeps now. After reading Ross's book, I now understand the extent of what he did.
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