Lying for Money: How Legendary Frauds Reveal the Workings of Our World
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...more
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 ...more
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!
(Disclosure: I know the author, but it really is very good)