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

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

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Paperback Published: 06/09/2012
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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: 9781851689781

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The book was well written. Instead of jumping in and just telling the story of the con that Sam Israel perpetrated, Guy Lawson starts off by introducing Sam as a young man trying to carve his own way in a world where... More

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17th November 2012
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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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24th October 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book, but for me the book falls into two halves. The first half reveals the character of Sam Israel, the boy who always wanted to be a Wall Street Trader, who would work hard during the... More

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14th September 2012
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