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Madoff's Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie, and Me Hardcover – August 25, 2009

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"Sheryl Weinstein... might just be an Emma Bovary for the 21st century... Madoff's Other Secret is a surprisingly good read." --The Daily Beast

About the Author

Sheryl Weinstein, former CFO of Hadassah and controller of Lincoln Center has seen Madoff up close for more than twenty years, as she reveals in MADOFF’S OTHER SECRET: LOVE, MONEY, BERNIE AND ME.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1St Edition edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312618379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312618377
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Chase on August 27, 2009
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I admit to looking forward to reading " Love, Money, Bernie and me" I love gossip, ok? I paid retail to amazon.. so this is legit.
AND i am very interested in the Madoff story.
Weinstein takes a long time to get to the only three or four interesting parts of her story: the sex with Madoff and his fear of his wife finding out. The rest, about her husband's temper, studying accounting, taking her kid to school, and working for Hadassah were on a level that no one would read for any reason.
SO she remembers what rooms at a hotel looked like. Ok - fine. Hs remembers meals in hotel restaurants... right, honey.
But tell us the REALLY Interesting parts.. She " climaxed" - so great to know.. but what about bernie?? That she taught herself to masturbate to orgasm is a little more than i needed to know but good for you sweetie. Took you enough years, didn't it?
Not even a tiny gift did she get. Oh, a SILVER pin from tiffany..
She is a woman who feels terribly sorry for herself and , indeed screwed up her own her family's and hadassah's money - ok - a lot of people fell for MAdaff..
but dying to get into bed with him and then admitting she really wanted the trips and the goodies.. she gives away more than she thinks, and she is a BORE!
Much rather hear from Ruth herself.
Voracious reader
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I have a feeling a lot of reviewers on here didn't actually read this book. While this is by no means a literary masterpiece, it wasn't nearly as terrible as everyone on here makes it out to seem. It's also not nearly as raunchy or shameless or embarrassing as people seem to say.... It was a quick read. The writing is very straight forward. Weinstein makes it very clear from the get-go that she's pissed off and she's doing what she has to in an effort to make up for the money that was stolen from her by Bernie Madoff. She doesn't waste too much feeling sorry for herself, nor does she spend much time searching for reason or insight. This is by no means a "here is what I've learned from the tragedies in my life" sort of memoir. All Weinstein is doing is telling her story as it happened. What I enjoyed most about the book is that Weinstein doesn't paint herself out to be perfect. If anything, she does just the opposite. She is fully aware of the mistakes she's made and the stupid things she's done. I wish her all the best as she rebuilds her life.
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Actually, I laughed through most of the book. I found it hysterically funny. Comparing Bernie's penis size to a mini-honey jar on a serving cart? I almost fell out of my chair in laughter. I don't know what was funnier his penis or her comparison. What were these people thinking? How could they even admit such ignorance? I'll never be able to eat honey again without thinking about Bernie's penis...lol

I guess prior to reading any of the Madoff stories I had a vision of smart, sophisticated people mingling at all the "in" places in New York, and what I found was just the opposite. It was like stupid people attracting more stupid people, and trying to pretend they were the cream of the crop and smart ones. It is so bad they brag about their self-absortion, self-centerness and flaunt their lack of morals and good judgement. After reading this and the other two books written by the daughter-in-laws I can see why stealing from innocent people was part of what they justified as right and just.Bernie did it and each one of them wanted part of the action. They blame Bernie for taking the money away and the money didn't belong to Bernie in the first place.
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With Bernie Madoff convicted and behind bars the deluge of books on him and his crimes can be unleashed. But considering the investigations into what became of the money lost and his co-conspirators any initial books are little more than a second draft of history, initial news coverage being the typical first draft of history. While these initial books may provide a considerable wealth of information on Madoff himself and what he did they will never be the complete story nor the final word on the subject. Witness the book Disconnected: Deceit and Betrayal at WorldCom, a book so rushed to publication it was out before WorldCom's Bernard Ebbers was even convicted. "Disconnected" shows the perils of rushing a book to publication to capitalize on a timely topic; in the rush to get it to market it's hardly a complete or nuanced story. But in the burgeoning Madoff historiography "Madoff's Other Secret" is something else entirely; a kiss-and-tell by Bernie's other woman. Just when you thought the "ick factor" with Madoff couldn't be topped along comes the revelation that not only was he morally and ethically compromised when it came to business, but that was also the case in his marriage.

Weinstein comes off as the typical victim, a successful CPA and head of a charity going through a painful divorce. Bernie pays her the attention she desperately needs, sounds like a Lifetime movie doesn't it? Suffice to say the charity Weinstein heads starts to invest with Madoff and the die is cast for that charity to loose all its funds when Madoff's empire crumbles.
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