Serpent on the Rock

Serpent on the Rock

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During Wall Street's crime wave in the 1980s, no single brokerage firm, banker or trader destroyed the financial security of more people than Prudential Bache Securities. The losses from all the celebrated insider scandals add up to a fraction of the damage caused by The Rock-- the costliest securities fraud ever. Why did the nation's third largest brokerage firm, whose very name conveyed rock-solid respectability, launch such a vicious fraud? "Serpent on the Rock" has the answer. Using hundreds of exclusive sources and thousands of internal, confidential records, it reveals the shocking true story behind the wrongdoing, the cover-up, and the investigations of the real-life thriller that shook the nation and the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 503 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 30mm | 539.78g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • 0767923847
  • 9780767923842
  • 1,076,060

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ABSORBING . . . A PAGE-TURNER . . . THE BOOK IS GREAT FUN TO READ . . . As a tale of ego and greed on Wall Street, Serpent on the Rock is up there with Barbarians at the Gate. --USA Today A COMPELLING TALE, richly laced with details, that shows how trust can be quickly tapped for huge profits by unscrupulous advisers. --Chicago Tribune ENGROSSING . . . A BLOW-BY-BLOW ACCOUNT OF AN UNPARALLELED CRIME. --Barron's A GENUINE PAGE-TURNER . . . reads like a novel with bigger-than-life characters . . . comprehensive, impeccably sourced and striking in its detail. --Dallas Morning News Kurt Eichenwald's cinematic storytelling and command of complex details create a disturbing and damning drama. --New York Times IF YOU WANT AN INSIDE LOOK AT WALL STREET AT ITS WORST, READ THIS BOOK. --Washington Post A DRAMATIC BOOK . . . A RIVETING ACCOUNT . . . GREAT WRITING THAT MAKES YOU WANT TO KEEP THE PAGES TURNING. --San Diego Union-Tribune BLOWS AWAY THRILLERS BY JOHN GRISHAM AND TOM CLANCY . . . This book has it all: suspense and horror, greed and pure malice, along with heartbreak and the eternal, valiant struggle of the little guy against the forces of evil . . . By two sentences into Serpent, I found myself hooked, unable to put the book down. --Insightshow more

About Kurt Eichenwald

KURT EICHENWALD has written for the New York Times for more than seventeen years. A two-time winner of the George Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism and a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize, he has been selected repeatedly for the TJFR Business News Reporter as one of the nation's most influential financial journalists. His last book, the highly praised Conspiracy of Fools, was a New York Times bestseller. His book The Informant is currently in development as a major motion picture. Eichenwald lives in Dallas with his wife and three more

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