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Star Wars Encyclopedia
Stephen J. Sansweet
America's Library: The Story of the Library of Congress, 1800-2000
James Conaway, Edmund Morris
Anything Goes!: What I've Learned from Pundits, Politicians, and Presidents
Larry King, Pat Piper
The Greatest Circus Stories Ever Told: Amazing Stories of Life Under the Big Top
Stephen Vincent Brennan
Carny Folk: The World's Weirdest Sideshow Acts
Francine Hornberger
A Concise History of Germany
Mary Fulbrook
Complete Idiot's Guide to Nazi Germany
Robert Smith Thompson
Best Little Stories from the White House
C. Brian Kelly
Too Close to the Sun: Growing Up in the Shadow of my Grandparents, Franklin and Eleanor
Curtis Roosevelt
Don't Touch That Dial
J. Fred MacDonald

Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con

Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Con - Guy Lawson It seems it is easy to con a con man. For the first part of the book, Octopus shows the reader a fairly normal portrait of a young man who gradually works his way to the top of a trading company. But the action really heats up during the second part. The first part is fairly straightforward show Israel going from legitimate trades to covering his losses with Ponzi-style schemes. The second part comes off like the TV show Leverage, in which you see the con and then are shown how it all takes place. In order to cover his losses, Israel believes an ever increasing series of cons which could not have been more obvious if the villain had been twirling a handlebar mustache and had a maniacal laugh. The best part is reading about all of the scams from a secret government trading program, to a secret stash of U.S. bonds and gold, to the Kennedy assassination. This acts like a thriller with an incredulously true story.