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I loved the fact that this book inserted a note about the typeface it was written in. Attention to the typography is often overlooked and it was an unexpected surprise to see that much thought had been put into such an important detail. I found it interesting however that with such attention to a detail most readers would consider trivial some of the issues the book touched upon were glossed over in the way that they were. I won't bash the book, because it was overall a nice story, but I can't say that I haven't been analyzing what the motives were in including such topics if the characters involved were so unaffected by them. Maybe thats just the feminist in me though, I want justice for the issues our society seems to gloss over in the literature I read.
Hmmm, what did I learn from this book? This is kind of the Sociopaths Financial Handbook, suggesting that if you are callous and cynical and clever enough, you too can make millions (or billions) off of innocent, trusting, less clever people. Of course, even if you have a scheme, some assembly is required. Editors Serge Matulich and David Currie organized the book into seven sections and these deal with major players from Charles Ponzi to Barry Minkow of ZZZZ Best Carpet Cleaners to Enron to Vivendi and United Airlines and the City of San Diego. A collection of authors present the stories in readable and sometimes entertaining styles, frequently accompanied by additional notes. All of these stories relate to financial crimes, some of which are extremely complicated, yet in every case, the authors distill the technicalities to non-financial readers.
A good, fun unicorn series overall. I was bored one day, I think it was last year, and I decided to pick up the first book and read it again. Well, I read all the way up to the seventh book, but then I had to stop, as I did not have the eighth book to read.