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Since Harry includes a verbatim copy of what he sent to the SEC in 2005, you can see why the SEC staff didn't take him seriously - he is pompous and verbose and mixes factual realities with strange claims that border on paranoia. He actually does slip over into paranoia a few times, describing his supposed likelihood of being harmed (he carried a weapon, apparently for years) for what he knew even after what he knew had been published and shared with others.
Ah, but the subject matter. Such juicy, real, important subject matter. How Bernie Madoff created the biggest hedge fund in the world, and maintained it as a Ponzi scheme for 20+ years. Doing it where everyone including Harry could see it. And,in fact, no one would listen. I think Harry does capture the incredible seduction that this financial scheme had and the simplicity of the smoke screen that Madoff used. I was also intrigued by the separation of the people who fell for it and those who did not. For example, Goldman and Morgan had no money in this, the best performing fund in the world.
So I read every word and appreciated them. And wished that his 80 page diatribe against the SEC had been edited to two paragraphs. The entire book would have made a great Atlantic long-form article. Kudos to Harry for writing it. If you like the subject matter and can filter the attitude, there is no substitute for this kind of first-hand account.
The author's style rivals Michael Lewis for occasional off-the-wall observations though Lewis is still the top story teller; remember that Harry M. is a numbers guy, not a literary guy. Too bad high school social studies textbooks aren't written with the humor of this book; it would make all the kings and queens, villains and heroes a lot more vivid and interesting. There is valid social commentary rampant in the book which you won't have to look hard to find. The book is a good read; you probably will have a hard time putting it down once you start. Enjoy!