Empire of deception : the incredible story of a master swindler who seduced a city and captivated the nation / Dean Jobb.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties ... Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people ... to invest as much as $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama ... When Leo's scheme finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished, and the Chicago state's attorney, a man whose lust for power equaled Leo's own lust for money, began an international manhunt that lasted almost a year"--Provided by publisher.
    • Content Notes:
      Our Ponzi -- Ambitions -- The law -- The gamble -- The dupe -- The big idea -- The syndicate -- The hanging judge -- The sting -- The confidence man -- The crime fighter -- The bubble -- The flight -- The smash -- The sensation -- The double life -- The victims -- The manhunt -- The alias -- The guide -- The hideaway -- The prince of entertainers -- The crime of the century -- The pariah -- The womanizer -- The trap -- The gang war -- The prisoner -- The return -- The confession -- The reckoning -- The final swindle.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
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    • ISBN:
      9781616201753 (hbk.)
      1616201754 (hbk.)
    • Accession Number:
      2014042711
    • Accession Number:
      886493237
    • Accession Number:
      lcc.176577
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      JOBB, D. Empire of deception : the incredible story of a master swindler who seduced a city and captivated the nation. [s. l.]: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015. ISBN 9781616201753. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.176577&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 5 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Jobb D. Empire of Deception : The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.176577&custid=s6224580. Accessed December 5, 2019.
    • APA:
      Jobb, D. (2015). Empire of deception : the incredible story of a master swindler who seduced a city and captivated the nation. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.176577&custid=s6224580
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Jobb, Dean. 2015. Empire of Deception : The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.176577&custid=s6224580.
    • Harvard:
      Jobb, D. (2015) Empire of deception : the incredible story of a master swindler who seduced a city and captivated the nation. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.176577&custid=s6224580 (Accessed: 5 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Jobb, D 2015, Empire of deception : the incredible story of a master swindler who seduced a city and captivated the nation, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, viewed 5 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Jobb, Dean. Empire of Deception : The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.176577&custid=s6224580.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Jobb, Dean. Empire of Deception : The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.176577&custid=s6224580.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Jobb D. Empire of deception : the incredible story of a master swindler who seduced a city and captivated the nation [Internet]. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill; 2015 [cited 2019 Dec 5]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05560a&AN=lcc.176577&custid=s6224580

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2015 March #2

Dubbed the "super-Ponzi" by a Chicago newspaper in 1923, fraudster Leo Koretz spread his faux investment scheme over 20 years, selling bogus stock to family, friends, and those who begged to get in on the sure thing of his oil fields in Panama and other dubious moneymakers. Genial, humorous, and well-liked by the ladies (unbeknownst to his dedicated wife), Koretz doled out monthly dividends, keeping everyone wealthy and happy, until the whole thing collapsed, as such pyramid schemes must. Jobb's hearty, detailed retelling of this con man extraordinaire is a laugh-out-loud page-turner, full of gullibility and twists and turns (Zane Grey makes an appearance, as does Clarence Darrow) and serves almost as much as a you-were-there history of the making of Chicago's big-shouldered outlook as it does a replaying of Koretz's long-term scam. Staunchly leading the Koretz manhunt was Koretz's former law-firm mate, Cook County state's attorney Robert "Fighting Bob" Crowe. Peppered with contemporaneous photos depicting the key players and the swanky places, phony stock certificates, newspaper headlines, and even a "wanted" posted, Empire of Deception is a jaw-dropping, rollicking good read. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2015 March #2

Before Bernie Madoff, before even Charles Ponzi, there was Leo Koretz. In 1920s Chicago, the unsuccessful lawyer began his foray into crime by selling fake mortgages, using the money from new investors to pay the dividends to previous buyers. He dabbled in land speculation of all kinds, but his real fortune came when he "struck oil" on land in Panama. Jobb (journalism, Univ. of King's Coll., Canada; The Cajuns) details how Koretz was a master of reverse psychology; he would leak the news of his great investment and make his "marks" beg to be allowed to invest. Then he foolishly allowed some of his investors to examine the oil fields for themselves. By the time they understood the deception, Koretz had disappeared without a trace. He hid in Nova Scotia, living an outrageous lifestyle, until by a fluke he was recognized and brought back to Chicago to meet his fate. The swindler died in prison soon after, but his techniques live on in today's headlines as the attraction of getting something for nothing has never died. VERDICT This lively, entertaining, and depressingly relevant history of a man and his con reads like a novel and will be enjoyed by fans of popular history as well as true crime.—Deirdre Bray Root, MidPointe Lib. Syst., OH

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