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The Pretender: How Martin Frankel Fooled the Financial World and Led the Feds on One of the Most Publicized Manhunts in History (Wall Street Journal Book) Paperback – October 2, 2002
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
For starters, Frankel would never make it as a character in a novel; he and his even temporary success are just too unlikely. He was, indeed, vastly knowledgeable about the financial world he moved into. He was good at picking successful trades. But besides being generally amoral, his great fault as a trader was an almost comic one: he could not trade. Once he had accounts and investments to make, he froze. But he must have talked a good game to get financiers interested in him, and women interested in his sadomasochistic hobbies.Read more ›
Frankel was a shy, slight built man with minimal self-confidence. While very young, he developed an interest in the stock market and performed substantial research. Living in a small Ohio town, this took on somewhat of a mystique and people assumed he knew more than they did and would entrust him with money. Amazingly, once he had this money, he complained of "traders block" and executed very few trades. Oh well, there was still something else he could do with the money. Spend it. Amazingly, this guy parlays this Ponzi scheme into an insurance empire all the time spending the investments of the companies. It's absolutely amazing he was able to do this.
Even more bizarre, the goober then develops an interest in S&M sex. Well, since he has no social skills, he puts ads in alternative newspapers. When he meets the girls and none resemble Playmates, he quickly moves through them but keeps them on payroll. Imagine a Mormon and his wives but he isn't married and all them women want to marry him for money. What a crazy cast of characters!!!!
This book will make you want to be a thief once you see how easy it was for this idiot. The writer did an excellent research job consistent with her past as a Wall Street Journal reporter. I recommend this book if you like business "whodunits".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very entertaining to learn about the world of Financial Fraud. I Highly recommend it!!Published 10 months ago by Beverly A Dixon
The author keeps everything in superb chronological order. A mentally disturbed genius? It is a good lesson in how we can be duped so easily.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is an amazing story of how one individual was able to swindle so many people, bribe so many others
and amassed so much money. Read more
Hard to believe this guy got away with what he did for so long! It makes you worry about investing! He took a lot of people down with him. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by Jeannette booklover
I have never read a book with a more disgusting cast of characters, and at halfway through this book I think she makes the statement that he has a "trading block" maybe... Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by JP
This is actually my second copy. A friend borrowed it and never gave it back. I knew some of the people mentioned and found the book to be a fascinating read.Published on January 9, 2013 by Lucy Lucy
The Pretender, How Martin Frankel Fooled The Financial World..., Ellen Pollock; Wall Street Journal [Simon & Schuster] (2002)
Martin Frankel stole about... Read more
Pollock obviously used my earlier version of the Frankel story as template for this book. I broke the Frankel story while working as the police reporter for the small daily... Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Joseph A. Johnson Jr.
This is one of those crazy true-life stories that are stranger than fiction. Mystery and business readers will enjoy this tale of a smart con man who builds an empire based on... Read morePublished on April 10, 2009 by Praveen Puri