The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Book - 2008
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Belfort, who founded one of the first and largest chop shop brokerage firms in 1987, was banned from the securities business for life by 1994, and later went to jail for fraud and money-laundering, delivers a memoir that reads like fiction. It covers his decade of success with straightforward accounts of how he worked with managers of obscure companies to acquire large amounts of stock with minimal public disclosure, then pumped up the price and sold it, so he and the insiders made large profits while public investors usually lost. Profits were laundered through purchase of legitimate businesses and cash deposits in Swiss banks.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, 2008
Edition: Bantam trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780553384772
0553384775
Branch Call Number: 332.62 BELFORT
Characteristics: 519 p. ; 24 cm

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 25, 2019

A memoir on the life of Wall Street criminal Jordan Belfort. I watched the movie made by Martin Scorsese and was interested in seeing more of Jordan Belfort. This book is a more detailed version of the movie and unlike the movie has some insight into what happened to Belfort after his conviction and indictment, he argues he is a changed man and now does public speaking to encourage people to do the right things. I recommend this book to those who enjoy biographies especially real life stories on people who build up their lives and then destroy them and finally learn a lesson on why or what happened. The book is a vulgar book with many profanities but is still enjoyable, don't read this book if you are easily offended. I rate this book 4/5 for the biographical aspect and many historical examples we can learn from but obviously the subject matter is more serious. @selfhelpguru of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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JOSEPH SARDO
Dec 19, 2016

Picked up the book as a follow-up to the movie, which I enjoyed. I read about the first half and then just decided to skip to the closing chapter or so. Got a little repetitive (I get it, you were a bad businessman, a bad person, tried to launder your money, liked your lots of women, etc). I would have liked to have seen more reflection on his part of the implications and repercussions of his actions, especially in the closing chapters.

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bakkerdavid
Apr 04, 2016

A collection of crass anecdotes barely held together by a story line that exists only because he was caught.

Belfort wishes that he had the movie's screenwriters as his actual ghost writer.

A very accessible read, but at the cost of having any deeper meaning.

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michaelibrown
Jan 25, 2016

The movie closely follows the book.

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greenset
Apr 06, 2015

poorly written, verbose, rambling.

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ingerm
Mar 03, 2015

This would've been a great book of fiction, except it was a true story. Someone actually lived this life. Amazingly interesting, sad, funny, graphic, detailed, well told and written. I haven't seen the movie but it wouldn't matter, it's still a page turner. It took me 3 renewals to finish but I love the library for letting me do so.

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Chapel_Hill_AmerB
Nov 20, 2014

This movie definitely sets the stage for the ultimate scam of all, the illusion of wealth and its power of positive transformation.
Highly entertaining

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rpavlacic
Oct 04, 2014

An insider's view at how stock prices are rigged, and numbered accounts and transfer pricing has made a mockery of tax collection. What is really shocking is how the author was literally a bird on a wire with his alcohol and drug addiction. The face remains he is still a wealthy person, having made his money off of trustworthy people. His contrition comes off less than satisfactory.

ambrosianyc Sep 27, 2014

This book was absolutely awesome.....It demonstrates that a person can have a unlimited amount of money and their lives can be in total shambles

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "This autobiographical memoir was a fascinatingly narcissistic read. One of those stories where you're continually vaguely offended yet enthralled. I really could not believe that a person could do so many depraved things and still retain a measure of professional respect. It goes to show exactly how much unlimited funds can buy. Of course it ends with a redemption and lesson learned. I couldn't help but admire the author, Jordan Belfort. He is an amazing salesperson, a natural talent. He taught himself writing by studying the writing style of other writers he admired. And then he proceeded to write his experiences into a readable book form. These days he makes his money from his books, speaking engagements and selling his sales training online. Despite large fine and restitution payments, he remains very wealthy, and I expect he will be able to buy his way out of any further bad behaviour, should he fall from his current honest and sober path. A must read if you want to know what it was like to be a stockbroker during the cocaine fuelled frenzy of the Great Stock Market Bubble."

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mariednguyen
Sep 23, 2013

Other: Release date November 15, 2013 (USA)

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