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Wonder Boy: Barry Minkow, the Kid Who Swindled Wall Street
by Daniel Akst
Only in America, only in California, and only in the Reagan era could teenage sensation Barry Minko acquire a $109 million fortune and then face a 403-year prison term. Here is the story of Minkow told by the man who first broke the story in The Wall Street Journal. Photographs.
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Scribner Book Company
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When first looking at this I opened up randomly to p. 187 and my eyes fell on the sentence: “Levy tried to contain his indignation.” That sort of sums it up. The mechanics of epic fraud are very interesting, but the other half of the book—“color,” “human interest,” etc.—is dull and a little silly. Just once I’d like to read a business book where nobody strides into a room as if he owns it, no neighborhood-history nutshells are offered to explain the characters of people who live in them, and the ...more
So my tax attorney recommended this book to me; hahaha don't know if i shouldve used him after reading this book... Crazy story about a kid who swindled the stockmarket and everyone following him. He didn't have an agenda, just a desire, knack for people and a crazy sequence of events. Great book!
A native New Yorker, Daniel Akst is a well-known journalist who has worked at the LA Times and Wall Street Journal and now writes a monthly column in the Sunday New York Times. He also writes regularly for the Wall Street Journal culture pages, and has appeared in many other publications, including American Heritage, the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, Civilization, Technology Review, ...moreMore about Daniel Akst...