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Publisher's Summary

A number one best seller from coast to coast, Den of Thieves tells, in masterfully reported detail, the full story of the insider-trading scandal that nearly destroyed Wall Street, the men who pulled it off, and the chase that finally brought them to justice.

Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart shows for the first time how four of the biggest names on Wall Street - Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, and Dennis Levine - created the greatest insider-trading ring in financial history and almost walked away with billions - until a team of downtrodden detectives triumphed over some of America's most expensive lawyers to bring this powerful quartet to justice.

Based on secret grand jury transcripts, interviews, and actual trading records, and containing explosive new revelations about Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky written especially for this new edition, Den of Thieves weaves all the facts into an unforgettable narrative - a portrait of human nature, big business, and crime of unparalleled proportions.

©2012 James. B. Stewart (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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Real world Wall Street in the 1980's

An entertaining story of the insider trading schemes of the masters of Wall Street in the 80's. This story inspired the classic film Wall Street and some of the true details resemble aspects in the film that are truly remarkable. Much more detail and additional characters are obviously portrayed in the book which also goes into great lengths to detail the legal efforts to discover the integrated network and size of the insider trading that was pandemic in Wall Street.

The later half of the book is less entertaining with the excessive detail of court proceedings, lawyer manoeuvres, etc. But overall, learning about the key players at the time and the frauds they committed that enacted laws for unknown practices makes this book a quintessential part of learning financial history.

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  • Lars Tackmann
  • 23-10-2017

Awesome book

Awesome book detailing an era of unparalleled greed and organized crime rarely exposed in such detail. The persons becomes alive and you sense their character, rotten and flawed, yet human. The book could use an update with some of the later developments such as how the main criminal Michael Milken was allowed only to serve a few years of his 10 year sentence. Also it’s surprisingly suspicious how most of the involved are still highly rich, Milken even a billionaire to this day, even though they have all been banned from the industry. It could indeed be interesting with an update that covers these recent events. Nevertheless it’s a great book and a worthwhile listen.

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  • Nivaan Linhares
  • 05-06-2015

World of Wall Street

A superb tale giving chilling insights into the world of Wall Street. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn about insider trading, junk bonds and LBO's in the 80's

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  • Vlad Ig
  • 19-07-2018

Great insight

Definitely one of the most interesting book on the events it cover. Very well written and narrated.
Read it if you like this topic.

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  • Patrick
  • 09-07-2018

Long and Boring

I didn't enjoy this book. It was just an account of so many names of lawyers and bankers. It was a who's who of 80's wall street but not very interesting. Very little character development. It read like a series of news articles.

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  • Bradford
  • 11-04-2018

Unbelievable Book!

Great for anybody interested in the true, inner workings of Wall Street!
Even though the book is "Unabridged" it is the perfect legnth. Right as you think the book is starting to drag, they turn it around. Well done.

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  • Melissa
  • 03-10-2015

Felt like a documentary

Has Den of Thieves turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What aspect of Johnny Heller’s performance would you have changed?

Give him better material to work with. He may have a chance of impressing me then.

Any additional comments?

I listened to about 5 or 6 chapters of the audiobook. I felt like someone was reading an encyclopedia or news article to me. It didn't really draw me into the scene or characters at all. Very detached.

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  • Trevor Edward Breen
  • 27-02-2015

Meh

Mildly entertaining but not that well written and full of conjecture. I wouldn't recommend unless you are bored and want to read a gossip book about finance.

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  • Jordan
  • 08-02-2017

Just a very dry read

a dry read that's hard to pay attention too. there's better books out there if you like stuff like this I suggest Enron.

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  • BDM
  • 11-11-2014

Long and Dry, but interesting

If you like to understand Wall St then this book gives you a great insider look into insider trading. A little long winded but still worth hanging in there.

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