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Lying for Money: How Legendary Frauds Reveal the Workings of Our World

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  10 reviews

Financial crime seems horribly complicated but there are only so many ways you can con someone out of what's theirs. In fact, there are four. A veteran regulatory economist and market analyst, Dan Davies has years of experience picking the bones out of some of the most famous frauds of the modern age. Now he reveals the big picture that emerges from their labyrinths of dec

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Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published July 5th 2018 by Profile Books
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Jonny
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This book manages to be less than the sum of its parts, mainly because being excellent on Twitter doesn’t always (usually?) convert into being a good book-length writer. The examples of historic frauds are excellent, and just the right balance of technical and interesting. But the book lacks an overall thesis, other than interesting things about frauds. I enjoyed it, but it’s difficult to know who to recommend it to other than people who enjoy reading detailed summaries of the key components of ...more
Terry Clague
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terrific, entertaining history of financial scam and accounting fraud from a hugely insightful author, who's able to leverage expertise to get around what seems to be (to paraphrase Bill Shankly) a simple game made complicated by charlatans (to confuse juries).

Highly recommended, not least for the (largely male) names of the constellation of con-men who feature in the case studies, including Jordan Belfort ('simpering, sniggering' inspiration for the dull flick, Wolf of Wall Street), Dapper Dan
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Brishen
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really excellent book, already bought a second copy for a gift.
While the descriptions of different frauds were entertaining, it is the parts of the book that talk about how certain systems are susceptible that makes it stellar. Some really strong insight here that have had me thinking in entirely new ways about the subject - excellent!
Irene
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book might be on the dry, technical side, but it had me laughing out loud at some of the escapades. Apparently the most important attribute needed for committing financial fraud is balls of steel. This book is a riot. Highly recommended.
Richard
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. It is both full of great stories about historic frauds, and also offers a very satisfying and nontechnical theoretical account of how fraud works, and how/when you might expect to see it.

(Disclosure: I know the author, but it really is very good)
Neil
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read. Fun stories of crooks and have been a longtime fan of the author's analytical style and humour on the internet for a while -and enjoyed that here a lot.
Warren Gossett
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simple lies about money and business arrangements become complicated with unexpected results. Do some cheaters win? Perhaps, but the odds are against you.
Laura Spira
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
A pleasant romp through some recent examples of fraud, some entertaining footnotes, but not as good as the classic "Fraud in the City" by Rowan Bosworth-Davies.
Heather
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that shows that fraud is nothing new, some have a tinge of legality but are still fraudulent. As they say, crime, or in this case, fraud, however you frame it, doesn't pay.
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