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December 16, 2015

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-...
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Published on December 16, 2015 03:13

September 16, 2015

Empire of Deception is a finalist for one of Canada’s top awards for non-fiction – the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize

descriptionThe Weston Prize jury citation:
“Readers waiting for a rollicking tale of white-collar crime couldn’t do better than Dean Jobb’s Empire of Deception … a lively story that starts in Chicago, moves on to Panama, and ends up in Nova Scotia. Jobb has lifted a great crime yarn into a beautifully researched piece of financial history … a delicious read.”
Details at http://writerstrust.com/Awards/Hilary...
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Published on September 16, 2015 11:40

July 11, 2015

The New York Times Book Review hails Empire as 'intoxicating and impressively researched'

description“Intoxicating and impressively researched, Jobb’s immorality tale provides a sobering post-Madoff reminder that those who think everything is theirs for the taking are destined to be taken .... The unscrupulous but charismatic Leo Koretz, a Bohemian immigrant turned king of affinity fraud, was a wolf in horn-rimmed glasses and bow tie who built an empire of deception one swindle at a time.”The New York Times Book Review, July 5 edition
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Published on July 11, 2015 03:46

July 1, 2015

Empire's a recommended summertime read

descriptionThe Toronto Star, Metro Canada, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Raleigh News & Observer and NPR Utah all recommend Empire of Deception as a great summer read!
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Published on July 01, 2015 03:24

June 20, 2015

The Washington Post praises Empire as an 'enthralling, audacious high-stakes drama' with 'masterful' storytelling

description“comprehensively researched and enthralling … an audacious story ... high-stakes drama of the first order … unmasking [a] master swindler and revealing the author as an equally masterful storyteller.” – The Washington Post
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Published on June 20, 2015 02:38

Empire of Deception is a 'thrilling, too-wild-for-fiction tale.' - The Globe and Mail

description"Reading Empire of Deception was like getting on the storied Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island … holding your breath throughout its peaks and valleys, then getting out of the car, flushed and shaken, only wanting to ride it all over again … [a] thrilling, too-wild-for-fiction tale.” – The Globe and Mail.
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Published on June 20, 2015 02:30

June 3, 2015

Empire is a Vanity Fair 'Hot Type' pick for June!

description... an Indie Next pick for June and an Amazon.com Best Book for May
New review: “Empire of Deception adds Leo Koretz to Chicago’s rogues’ gallery of the 1920s … great research … a masterpiece of narrative set-up and vivid language.” – Chicago Tribune
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Published on June 03, 2015 03:16

May 17, 2015

Empire is 'masterful' and 'entertaining' - BookPage

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Review: “Not since Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City has an author so eloquently captured the shadowy character of the city … masterful …. At once informative and entertaining, the fast-moving narrative tells an age-old story about our capacity to be conned.” – BookPage
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Published on May 17, 2015 10:24

May 1, 2015

Empire of Deception is an Amazon.com Best Book for May

descriptionAmazon.com reviewer Chris Schluep calls it a “fascinating tale …. What makes this book so interesting is the excellent pacing and fine detail laced throughout, … the joy of reading about a man who could have taught Bernie Madoff a thing or two, and the sheer chutzpah (and, yes, skill) of Leo Koretz, who for a time lived like Gatsby and who managed to separate millions of dollars from people who probably should have known better.”
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Published on May 01, 2015 08:10

April 4, 2015

Empire of Deception 'a jaw-dropping, rollicking good read' – Booklist

“Jobb’s hearty, detailed retelling of this con man extraordinaire is a laugh-out-loud page-turner, full of gullibility and twists and turns … Empire of Deception is a jaw-dropping, rollicking good read.” – Booklist
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Published on April 04, 2015 04:48