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Dean Jobb

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I’m drawn to fascinating people and events that have been overlooked or forgotten – hidden gems tucked away in the attics of history, stories waiting to be told. Ideas and inspiration can come from a footnote in a book, a museum exhibit or a reference in the news. I discovered the subject of my latest book, Empire of Deception – Leo Koretz and his amazing oil swindle in 1920s Chicago – while doing research on another subject. I spotted a reference to his arrest in Nova Scotia and I knew instantly it was a great story.

My previous books include The Cajuns: A People's Story of Exile and Triumph, which chronicles the expulsion of French-speaking Acadians from Eastern Canada more than two centuries ago and the founding of Louisiana’s Cajun cult
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Empire makes the Top 100 in Canada and wins a Chicago book award

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>>>Canada's Globe and Mail and National Post newspapers have selected Empire of Deception as one of the Top 100 books of the year.
>>> And the strange-but-true tale of 1920s swindler Leo Koretz has won the Chicago Writers Association award for best non-fiction book of 2015. Details at: http://www.chicagowrites.org/4-books-... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 16, 2015 03:13
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“Nothing was as it seemed in Leo Koretz’s make-believe world of mysterious syndicates and Panamanian oil fields. Accounts written long after his death added fresh layers of myth and distortion, but I was determined to learn the truth about a larger-than-life figure who rarely, if ever, told the truth. The real story of the man who pioneered and mastered the Ponzi scheme, is so gripping – and, at times, so incredible – that it needs no embellishment. And it’s a story woven into the fabric of the corrupt politics and gang warfare that plagued Chicago in the 1920s.”
Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation

“Con men need a battery of traits to win their victims’ trust and lighten their wallets. Chicago’s Leo Koretz had them all. They must be good actors and Leo, acting the part of a savvy financier who hobnobbed with a mysterious syndicate of millionaires, delivered a magnificent performance. They must be likeable, and everyone liked and trusted the generous, wisecracking, charming Leo. He could have been a top-flight lawyer, a business leader, or perhaps a powerful politician. He chose, instead, to become a master of promoting phony stocks.”
Dean Jobb, Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation

“There is something quintessentially American about the confidence man, who reinvents himself to each new victim in the same way that America’s early settlers reinvented themselves in a new land .... America was built on dreams and promises, and dreams and promises are what a con man sells.”
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