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The Ponzi Scheme Puzzle: A History and Analysis of Con Artists and Victims Hardcover – August 13, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199926611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199926619
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A financial thriller, a masterly page-turning inquiry into tragi-comic gullibility and greed, of Ponzi victims and perpetrators alike. The belief in market rationality (another confidence trick?) and the rocketing returns of finance, induced clever people to forget that there was no free lunch."--Avner Offer, Chichele Professor Emeritus of Economic History, University of Oxford


"Professor Frankel's book is a must read for anyone considering investment opportunities as well as those who provide investment advice and those charged with preventing investment fraud. Professor Frankel provides a captivating exploration of the characteristics of con artists who perpetrate Ponzi schemes along with the characteristics of those who fall victim to such schemes. But more importantly, she highlights how and why such schemes so successfully defraud everyone from the novice investor to those considered financially sophisticated, all while providing a provocative analysis regarding how best to ensure that we do not become the next Ponzi scheme victim."--Lisa M. Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School


"Professor Tamar Frankel's book is a fascinating look at the world of con artists. How do con artists hide their scams-scams that often seem so obvious after the fact? Who do they scam? And why don't investors ever seem to learn? Throughout her investigations of these questions, she introduces a colorful cast of characters from today and yesterday. The book is a terrific read whether one is interested in human psychology or just wants to learn more about an irresistible, limited-time-only investment in 'gold-backed railroad bonds.'"--Allen Ferrell, Greenfield Professor of Securities Law, Harvard Law School


"Clearly written with extensive documentation (30-plus pages of endnotes), this timely book with interest those concerned with behavioral finance and criminal psychology. Recommended"--CHOICE


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Tamar Frankel is Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law. She is the author of Trust and Honesty: America's Business Culture at a Crossroad.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kupchr36 on October 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Boring, that is all it is....

Written in true lawyer memo/brief form, the writer lays out the book in a manner which assumes you know absolutely nothing about ponzi schemes or their creators (or are a complete idiot). This format is wonderful for getting everyone on the same page in a law firm, but it is miserable to casually read a book written in this manner. The amount of blah you have to go through to get to an actual interesting nugget of information was finally too much to bear, I cracked at about halfway done and I can't read any more. Really disappointed about the waste of cash, the book's description does a wonderful job of making it sound 1000X more interesting than it is.

Unless you have been hiding under a rock and know little to nothing about ponzi schemes, don't buy this book. What you get out of it is worth $3, assuming you can stomach the monotony, and not $16.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Eickelberg on January 20, 2013
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The author may have done her research, but she us unable to communicate the results. With the briefest of references to facts she skips from subject to subject so rapidly that she leaves the reader guessing how she could draw such sweeping conclusions from the scant background she chooses to reveal. I wish I had my money back.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ron on October 9, 2012
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I can't understand the favourable reviews this book has received. It is repetitive,and what is being repeated is barely worth a single mention.It amounts to little more than extracts from judicial decisions,and a lot of pseudo-psychology.I regret having bought it.
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