Octopus: The Secret Market and the World's Wildest Con (Paperback)
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Octopus: The Secret Market and the World's Wildest Con (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 06/06/2013
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Octopus is a real-life thriller that tells the inside story of a GBP300 million hedge fund fraud and the wild-goose chase through Europe by its drug-fuelled manager for a lucrative "secret market" beneath the financial market we all know. Sam Israel was a man who seemed to have it all. Born into one of the world's richest families, he founded his own hedge fund, promising his investors guaranteed profits. But, after suffering devastating losses and faking tax returns, Israel knew his real performance would soon be discovered. So when a former CIA-operative turned conman told him about a "secret market" run by the Federal Reserve, Israel bet his last $150 million of other people's money on a chance to make it all back. So began his crazy year-long adventure in a world populated by clandestine bankers, conspiracy theories, and gun-toting spooks issuing cryptic warnings about a mysterious cabal known only as the Octopus.

Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 9781780742281
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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"Extraordinary - A hell of a story." Sunday Times "The most rollicking, trippy yarn to emerge from the 2008 financial collapse so far." Financial Times "Lawson [has] found gold - This is a fantastic story, in both senses of the word, with a freshness that recalls Liar's Poker." New York Times "Brings to life one of the most colorful, and often engaging, con men of this or any other century - an entertaining, well-told tale." Washington Times "Riveting - sometimes genius and often sickening - Mind-boggling." Andrew Ross Sorkin - bestselling author of Too Big to Fail "Absolutely irresistible. It's a hell of a book." Sebastian Junger - author of War "Fascinating. Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more brutal, adrenaline-charged, and dangerous. Sam Israel makes Gordon Gecko and Madoff look like provincial bank managers." Cameron Addicott - author of The Interceptor: The Inside Story of the Ultra-Secret Unit that Hunted Down Britain's Deadliest Drug Lords "A fantastic story that delivers shocking insights into the greed and corruption at the heart of the financial system." Geraint Anderson - author of Cityboy: Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile "One of the best crime books I've read. Really enjoyable - it made me glad that I haven't got a pension." Graham Johnson - author of The Devil: Britain's Most Feared Underworld Taxman and other true crime bestsellers

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“Amazing read”

If anyone ever wondered at the greed of bankers this is a truly must read. Whilst Sam Israel was, indeed, a greedy investment trader, I couldn't help starting to feel sorry for him towards the end of the book.... More

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“As Exciting As A Good Grisham!”

You often hear the phrase " You can't con a conman" but believe me you can!

Sam Israel was a brilliant businessman but greed took the better of him and he tipped into running a scam, but when he was... More

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“shocking deception and greed”

This book was quite shocking to read, the way that greed seemed to make otherwise intelligent people take leave of their senses and believe the most unbelievable stories in order to make billions! Sam Israel was a... More

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