Circle of Greed

Circle of Greed : The Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Lawyer Who Brought Corporate America to Its Knees

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"Circle of Greed" is the epic story of the rise and fall of Bill Lerach, once the leading class action lawyer in America and now a convicted felon. For more than two decades, Lerach threatened, shook down and sued top Fortune 500 companies, including Disney, Apple, Time Warner, and--most famously--Enron. Now, the man who brought corporate moguls to their knees has fallen prey to the same corrupt impulses of his enemies, and is paying the price by serving time in federal prison.
If there was ever a modern Greek tragedy about a man and his times, about corporate arrogance and illusions and the scorched-earth tactics to not only counteract corporate America but to beat it at its own game, Bill Lerach's story is it.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 532 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 50.8mm | 929.86g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0767929942
  • 9780767929943
  • 1,170,379

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"John Grisham would have to struggle to invent a character as brilliant and unethical as Bill Lerach. It is a credit to the reporting talents of Patrick Dillon and Carl M. Cannon that, in "Circle of Greed," they capture the felon-lawyer in all his charm and ruthlessness. Along the way they show how the plaintiffs' bar has transformed the process of class actions into big business."
-- "Wall Street Journal
"[A] revelatory yarn . . . In "Circle of Greed," the authors do justice to their subject and have produced a book that proves the adage that truth can be stranger than fiction."
-- "Washington Times"
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"Mr. Dillon and Mr. Cannon have written the type of book that, like "Den of Thieves" and "Smartest Guys in the Room," helps to explain an era."
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"In "Circle of Greed," this compelling narrative becomes an irresistible metaphor for the hubris at the heart of capitalism . . . Lerach is lucky to have Pulitzer Prize-winning journa
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About Patrick Dillon

Patrick Dillon has won many journalism awards including a share of the Pulitzer Prize- and is the author of the acclaimed Lost at Sea.  The executive editor of California magazine, he was formerly editor in chief of Forbes ASAP, a writer for the Christian Science Monitor, and an editor and columnist at the San Jose Mercury News.  He lives in San Francisco, California.
Carl M. Cannon is the deputy editor of and coauthor of Reagan's Disciple: George W. Bush's Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy.  He has won numerous awards, including a share of the Pulitzer Prize in 1989, and the prestigious Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting of the Presidency.  He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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