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The Wolf of Wall Street Paperback – August 26, 2008
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“Raw and frequently hilarious.”—The New York Times
“A rollicking tale of [Jordan Belfort’s] rise to riches as head of the infamous boiler room Stratton Oakmont . . . proof that there are indeed second acts in American lives.”—Forbes
“A cross between Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities and Scorsese’s GoodFellas . . . Belfort has the Midas touch.”—The Sunday Times (London)
“Entertaining as pulp fiction, real as a federal indictment . . . a hell of a read.”—Kirkus Reviews
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About the Author
After graduating from American University, Jordan Belfort worked on Wall Street for ten years. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his two children.
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Just as GOODFELLAS was an incredible film, I don't doubt that this will be as well. That being said, the truth about people like Henry Hill - and this case, Jordan Belfort
is that while their lives make for salacious and interesting pulp, deep down they are truly horrible people - a fact that Hollywood glosses over because they would
otherwise have trouble giving the audience a protagonist.
I personally enjoyed Jordan's first-hand style, (although the reviews calling him a "great" writer are almost comedically overblown). The stories he tells - embellished or no -
are great reading, and totally believable. But Jordan mails in the final chapter in an attempt to sell a follow up book "CATCHING THE WOLF OF WALL STREET" which is more about his time
as an informant for the government.
I gave three stars because in the end Jordan Belfort doesn't seem to have changed as a man. He blames much of what he did (conveniently) on drugs, but he was sober
when he made many of the decisions he made, stealing from and hurting many, many people - and maybe worst of all he even turned on his oldest and most loyal friends to simply
save himself. He justifies this as being "for his family" but he doesn't see how selfish and hollow that excuse is. What about the families of all the people he ruined? Not
a single word of remorse.
Finally, I recently caught Belfort on an Aussie talk-show pumping the upcoming movie, and he could not have been more smug or self-centered -- as if all of it was just some
crazy fraternity prank.
If, at the end of the upcoming movie, you feel sorry for Leo DiCaprio's character, credit Martin Scorsese - because if you reach the end of this book and you won't feel sorry for Jordan Belfort at all.
Sooooo, I'm figuring you're probably a psychopath or sociopath or whatever the latest term is, so I guess it's not your fault - you were born this way. You certainly got off easy when you consider the lives you ruined. Bernie Madoff didn't fare nearly as well.
As for you folks trying to decide whether or not to read this book, or see the movie, I will recommend it with the caveat that you're enriching someone who doesn't deserve it. The profits from this book and movie are probably miniscule compared to the money Belfort made swindling people and manipulating stocks.
I wanted to add to this review that Jordan is extremely honest and that makes the story particularly interesting. He openly shows off his sexism, racism, drug addiction, money addiction and egotism without holding anything back. That doesn't make him a likable character, and I was not at all rooting for him here. That being said, I am annoyed when critics identify with the Goodfellas gangsters, but not with this comparatively innocent Wall Streeter. Come on!
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Great storytelling... 10X better than the movie.Read more