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Den of Thieves

Written by: James B. Stewart
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
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A number one best seller from coast to coast, Den of Thieves tells, in masterfully reported detail, the full story of the insider-trading scandal that nearly destroyed Wall Street, the men who pulled it off, and the chase that finally brought them to justice.

Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart shows for the first time how four of the biggest names on Wall Street - Michael Milken, Ivan Boesky, Martin Siegel, and Dennis Levine - created the greatest insider-trading ring in financial history and almost walked away with billions - until a team of downtrodden detectives triumphed over some of America's most expensive lawyers to bring this powerful quartet to justice.

Based on secret grand jury transcripts, interviews, and actual trading records, and containing explosive new revelations about Michael Milken and Ivan Boesky written especially for this new edition, Den of Thieves weaves all the facts into an unforgettable narrative - a portrait of human nature, big business, and crime of unparalleled proportions.

©2012 James. B. Stewart (P)2013 Simon & Schuster

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Incredible Narration

The book was beautifully written. Educational where it needs to be, completely salacious everywhere else ;). Really compelling story.

But the narration, MAN!! I wish every expose was narrated by this guy. He’s clearly a voice actor and a pretty darn good one. Tho not great with non-English names or words, it’s forgivable given his other gifts.

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  • Lars Tackmann
  • 2017-10-23

Awesome book

Awesome book detailing an era of unparalleled greed and organized crime rarely exposed in such detail. The persons becomes alive and you sense their character, rotten and flawed, yet human. The book could use an update with some of the later developments such as how the main criminal Michael Milken was allowed only to serve a few years of his 10 year sentence. Also it’s surprisingly suspicious how most of the involved are still highly rich, Milken even a billionaire to this day, even though they have all been banned from the industry. It could indeed be interesting with an update that covers these recent events. Nevertheless it’s a great book and a worthwhile listen.

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  • Nivaan Linhares
  • 2015-06-05

World of Wall Street

A superb tale giving chilling insights into the world of Wall Street. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn about insider trading, junk bonds and LBO's in the 80's

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  • Bradford
  • 2018-04-11

Unbelievable Book!

Great for anybody interested in the true, inner workings of Wall Street!
Even though the book is "Unabridged" it is the perfect legnth. Right as you think the book is starting to drag, they turn it around. Well done.

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  • Lisa Waddell
  • 2019-08-17

Interesting Read

Narrator speaks quickly and is difficult to follow because of the sophisticated financial information of the subject . I found myself having to listen to segments over. Take away... greed destroys the innocent but rarely the greedy.

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  • Bret Hellyer
  • 2018-12-21

Very telling story

I enjoyed the story of this book and it makes you question who is watching over the rich.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-12

Captivating story-line

The depth which "Den of Thieves" goes to explain the insider trading scandal of the 1980's is incredible. The amount of detail captured in this book makes the reader feel like he/she part of the story. This story illustrates how humans are imperfect and can be overcome with greed and winning. James Stewart, humanizes all of the characters by describing their flaws and shortcomings. Further, he describes the strong relationships they have with each other. Many people can relate to each character in some way or another. It is a great read and I would recommend it to anyone... even if they have a limited knowledge of financial markets.

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  • katherine
  • 2018-09-04

Autopsy of a story of greed and power intoxication

Very captivating and relevant, but you have to be patient for the reward as the set up for multiple players and situations can be and a bit boring weighted by the unavoidable traders lingo and technicalities

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  • Vlad Ig
  • 2018-07-19

Great insight

Definitely one of the most interesting book on the events it cover. Very well written and narrated.
Read it if you like this topic.

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  • Patrick
  • 2018-07-09

Long and Boring

I didn't enjoy this book. It was just an account of so many names of lawyers and bankers. It was a who's who of 80's wall street but not very interesting. Very little character development. It read like a series of news articles.

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  • Trevor Edward Breen
  • 2015-02-27

Meh

Mildly entertaining but not that well written and full of conjecture. I wouldn't recommend unless you are bored and want to read a gossip book about finance.

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