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Separating Fools from Their Money: A History of American Financial Scandals (Hardback)
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Separating Fools from Their Money: A History of American Financial Scandals (Hardback)

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What do Michael Milken and Martha Stewart have in common? (Answer: Both became public scapegoats for an outrageous era of greed and excess.) Jack Welch and Jim Fisk? (Answer: Both were captains of industry, eventually undone by extracurricular philandering.) Which was the most outrageous party thrown by a financial baron of the twentieth century? (Answer: Tough call, but either Michael Milken's Predators Ball in 1985, or Dennis Kozlowski's Sardinian birthday bash in 2001, with its vodkaspouting sculpture.) Which U.S. war hero president became party to, and victim of, an unabashed con man known as the Napoleon of Wall Street? (Answer: Ulysses S. Grant, but it's a long story.) These questions and more are discussed in Scott MacDonald and Jane Hughes' "Separating Fools from Their Money". The authors trace the history of financial scandals from the early days of the young republic through the Enron/WorldCom debacle of modern times. A host of colorful characters inhabit the pages of this history, revealing human nature in all of its dubious shades of gray. At the same time, the book exposes themes common to all financial scandals, which remain astonishingly unchanged over more than two centuries - greed, hubris, media connections, self-interested politicians, and booms-gone-bust, to name a few. It explores the role of reformers who emerge in the wake of a scandal, concluding with a fascinating comparison of crusading New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer with his equally crusading and equally ambitious namesake, crime buster Eliot Ness. Written in an informative and entertaining style, Fools should engage the interest of the casual business reader, investors, as well as academic economists interested in supplemental readings for their students.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9780765803566
Number of pages: 255
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"I loved the book "Separating Fools from Their Money". It is an extremely useful work, indeed, absolutely essential for scholars and financial specialists. Indispensable!" -- Everton Jobim


""Separating Fools from their Money" is not only extremely useful, but also highly entertaining. Many complex scandals are reduced to their most basic elements, which makes this book accessible to general readers as well as businesspeople and financial specialists. This combination of readibility and usability makes this book the definitive primer on American financial scandals."
--Dan Bergevin, principal of Catfield International, on ASISonline.org

"MacDonald and Hughes vividly recount the most nefarious financial scandals in four different epochs of American history: the early days of the Republic, the Gilded Age, the Roaring Twenties, and the 1980s through the present....Readers seeking to gain perspective and understanding of recent scandals will thoroughly enjoy this book."
--The University "Bookman"

"Scott B. MacDonald and Jane E. Hughes give a lively and informative account of the very checkered past of Wall Street. The tales of characters such as William Duer, Diamond Jim Fisk, Michael Milken, and Dennis Kozlowski are deeply entertaining and highly edifying as well."
-- BizEd, 2007

"Taking other peoples money is more of an American pastime than baseball.Never boring, "Separating Fools From Their Money" is recommended as a cautionary read as well as a fascinating source of entertainment."
-- "MBR Bookwatch"

"From 1792 to the present, US financial markets have been plagued with periodic scandals originating on or involving Wall Street. In an entertaining but professional style, MacDonald (partner, Aladdin Capital Management, LCC) and Hughes (finance, Hult International Business School, Boston) analyze many of those boom and bust cycles and discern common characteristics, participants, and unfolding of events. Their attention shifts from the Panic of 1792, to the Gilded Age after the Civil War, to the Roaring Twenties in the first half of the 20th century. The interlinked scandals of the 1980s and 1990s are then examined, and the authors continue to the current millennium where Enron, Tyco, and WorldCom receive careful scrutiny. They conclude with an examination of the attempts of former New York attorney general (now governor) Eliot Spitzer to curb aberrant behavior, and federal legislation imposing new regulations and surveillance. The authors see a familiar pattern emerging, suggesting that just as scandals have occurred in the past so also they will occur in the future, despite the reaction of the public, the government, and regulators. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; students at all levels; faculty and professionals."

--E. L. Whalen, Choice

""Separating Fools from their Money" is not only extremely useful, but also highly entertaining. Many complex scandals are reduced to their most basic elements, which makes this book accessible to general readers as well as businesspeople and financial specialists. This combination of readibility and usability makes this book the definitive primer on American financial scandals."

--Dan Bergevin, principal of Catfield International, on ASISonline.org "MacDonald and Hughes vividly recount the most nefarious financial scandals in four different epochs of American history: the early days of the Republic, the Gilded Age, the Roaring Twenties, and the 1980s through the present....Readers seeking to gain perspective and understanding of recent scandals will thoroughly enjoy this book."

--The University "Bookman" "Scott B. MacDonald and Jane E. Hughes give a lively and informative account of the very checkered past of Wall Street... The tales of characters such as William Duer, Diamond Jim Fisk, Michael Milken, and Dennis Kozlowski are deeply entertaining and highly edifying as well."

--BizEd, 2007 "Taking other peoples money is more of an American pastime than baseball...Never boring, "Separating Fools From Their Money" is recommended as a cautionary read as well as a fascinating source of entertainment."

"--MBR Bookwatch"


"I loved the book "Separating Fools from Their Money." It is an extremely useful work, indeed, absolutely essential for scholars and financial specialists. Indispensable!" -- Everton Jobim


"From 1792 to the present, US financial markets have been plagued with periodic scandals originating on or involving Wall Street. In an entertaining but professional style, MacDonald (partner, Aladdin Capital Management, LCC) and Hughes (finance, Hult International Business School, Boston) analyze many of those boom and bust cycles and discern common characteristics, participants, and unfolding of events. Their attention shifts from the Panic of 1792, to the Gilded Age after the Civil War, to the Roaring Twenties in the first half of the 20th century. The interlinked scandals of the 1980s and 1990s are then examined, and the authors continue to the current millennium where Enron, Tyco, and WorldCom receive careful scrutiny. They conclude with an examination of the attempts of former New York attorney general (now governor) Eliot Spitzer to curb aberrant behavior, and federal legislation imposing new regulations and surveillance. The authors see a familiar pattern emerging, suggesting that just as scandals have occurred in the past so also they will occur in the future, despite the reaction of the public, the government, and regulators. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; students at all levels; faculty and professionals."

--E. L. Whalen, Choice

"Separating Fools from their Money is not only extremely useful, but also highly entertaining. Many complex scandals are reduced to their most basic elements, which makes this book accessible to general readers as well as businesspeople and financial specialists. This combination of readibility and usability makes this book the definitive primer on American financial scandals."

--Dan Bergevin, principal of Catfield International, on ASISonline.org "MacDonald and Hughes vividly recount the most nefarious financial scandals in four different epochs of American history: the early days of the Republic, the Gilded Age, the Roaring Twenties, and the 1980s through the present....Readers seeking to gain perspective and understanding of recent scandals will thoroughly enjoy this book."

--The University Bookman "Scott B. MacDonald and Jane E. Hughes give a lively and informative account of the very checkered past of Wall Street... The tales of characters such as William Duer, Diamond Jim Fisk, Michael Milken, and Dennis Kozlowski are deeply entertaining and highly edifying as well."

--BizEd, 2007 "Taking other peoples money is more of an American pastime than baseball...Never boring, Separating Fools From Their Money is recommended as a cautionary read as well as a fascinating source of entertainment."

--MBR Bookwatch


"I loved the book Separating Fools from Their Money. It is an extremely useful work, indeed, absolutely essential for scholars and financial specialists. Indispensable!" -- Everton Jobim


-From 1792 to the present, US financial markets have been plagued with periodic scandals originating on or involving Wall Street. In an entertaining but professional style, MacDonald (partner, Aladdin Capital Management, LCC) and Hughes (finance, Hult International Business School, Boston) analyze many of those boom and bust cycles and discern common characteristics, participants, and unfolding of events. Their attention shifts from the Panic of 1792, to the Gilded Age after the Civil War, to the Roaring Twenties in the first half of the 20th century. The interlinked scandals of the 1980s and 1990s are then examined, and the authors continue to the current millennium where Enron, Tyco, and WorldCom receive careful scrutiny. They conclude with an examination of the attempts of former New York attorney general (now governor) Eliot Spitzer to curb aberrant behavior, and federal legislation imposing new regulations and surveillance. The authors see a familiar pattern emerging, suggesting that just as scandals have occurred in the past so also they will occur in the future, despite the reaction of the public, the government, and regulators. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; students at all levels; faculty and professionals.-

--E. L. Whalen, Choice

-Separating Fools from their Money is not only extremely useful, but also highly entertaining. Many complex scandals are reduced to their most basic elements, which makes this book accessible to general readers as well as businesspeople and financial specialists. This combination of readibility and usability makes this book the definitive primer on American financial scandals.-

--Dan Bergevin, principal of Catfield International, on ASISonline.org -MacDonald and Hughes vividly recount the most nefarious financial scandals in four different epochs of American history: the early days of the Republic, the Gilded Age, the Roaring Twenties, and the 1980s through the present....Readers seeking to gain perspective and understanding of recent scandals will thoroughly enjoy this book.-

--The University Bookman -Scott B. MacDonald and Jane E. Hughes give a lively and informative account of the very checkered past of Wall Street... The tales of characters such as William Duer, Diamond Jim Fisk, Michael Milken, and Dennis Kozlowski are deeply entertaining and highly edifying as well.-

--BizEd, 2007 -Taking other peoples money is more of an American pastime than baseball...Never boring, Separating Fools From Their Money is recommended as a cautionary read as well as a fascinating source of entertainment.-

--MBR Bookwatch


-I loved the book Separating Fools from Their Money. It is an extremely useful work, indeed, absolutely essential for scholars and financial specialists. Indispensable!- -- Everton Jobim

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