Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation

Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation

Dean Jobb


It was once a time of unregulated insanity. And nowhere was once it madder than in Chicago on the sunrise of the Roaring Twenties. input a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic legal professional named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds and hundreds of individuals to take a position up to $30 million—upward of $400 million today—in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama. This rip-roaring story of greed, monetary corruption, soiled politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit, illicit intercourse, and an excellent and wildly fascinating con guy in town, then at the lam, isn't just a wealthy and particular account of a guy and an period; it’s a desirable examine the tools of swindlers all through history.

As version Ts rumbled down Michigan road, gang-war shootings introduced Al Capone’s upward thrust to underworld domination. As bedecked partygoers thronged to the Drake Hotel’s opulent dinner party rooms, corrupt politicians held court docket in thriving speakeasies and the push of inventory industry playing used to be rampant. Leo Koretz was once the Bernie Madoff of his day, and Dean Jobb exhibits us that the yankee dream of straightforward wealth is a undying commodity.
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“A rollicking story that's one half The Sting, one half The nice Gatsby, and one half The satan within the White City.” —Karen Abbott, writer of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

“Intoxicating and impressively researched, Jobb’s immorality story presents a sobering post-Madoff reminder that those that imagine every little thing is theirs for the taking are destined to be taken.” —The long island instances booklet evaluation 
 
“Captivating . . . a narrative that appears to be like as American because it can get, and it’s advised well.” —The Christian technological know-how Monitor
 
 “A masterpiece of narrative set-up and shiny language . . .  Jobb vividly . . . brings the Chicago of the Eighties and ‘90s to life.” —Chicago Tribune
“This cautionary story of Nineteen Twenties greed and extra reads love it may perhaps take place today.” —The linked Press

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