I listened to the abridgement but I still wanted more. This did what a good book does, satisfies but leaves you wondering what happened next. I don't know if it was because of the abridgement or just the book, but I wanted to know what happened to his family after his last imprisonment. What were the legal changes. The postal regulations changed, but what about banking regulations. It seems it took the crashes 1929 to do that, but it shouldn't have. There had been plenty of runs before then to see what happened. What about trading regulations? That seemed to wait until the crash as well. They could have learned from Ponzi!!! Ug! Anyway, this was a well written book that blended well the person and the era. Well done Mithcell Zuckoff.
This is an interesting story about the life of Charles Ponzi. With all the current news about the Madoff trial I thought this book was great to fully understand about how this con scheme all started.
If you think financial wheeling and dealing is interesting, you will LOVE this book. If you fall asleep when someone says dividends, skip this one.
Talk bout sympathy --- was the author related to Mr. Ponzi? a nice book but again I little childish how the author had so much sympathy for Mr. Ponzi and absolutely non for all the people he scammed --- in fact Mr. Ponzi would probably enjoy this book himself. At 3 stars I would recommend but barely.
Don't miss this one. Simply fascinating. I've heard about Ponzi schemes all my life, and here is the real deal on how it all began. First rate!
I'd always heard ofd pyramid schemes being called Ponzi schemes, but never knew what scheme Ponzi had done to deserve such a dubious honor. This book explains it all. A very well-read book about the life of Charlas Ponzi, how he came up with the scheme that bears his name, and what happened to him. I enjoyed this book.
Mitchell Zuckoff is a professor of journalism at Boston University and the author of five previous books, including the New York Times bestseller Lost in Shangri-La, which won the Winship/PEN Award for Nonfiction. As a reporter for the Boston Globe, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and won the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.