By Dean Jobb
“A rollicking story that's one half The Sting, one half The nice Gatsby, and one half The satan within the White City.” —Karen Abbott, writer of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
In a time of unregulated insanity, nowhere used to be it madder than in Chicago on the sunrise of the Roaring Twenties. It used to be the suitable position for a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic attorney named Leo Koretz to appeal to 1000's of individuals to speculate up to $30 million--upwards of $400 million today--in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama. It was once an inventive deceit, person who out-Ponzied Charles Ponzi himself.
during this rip-roaring story of greed, monetary corruption, soiled politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit, illicit intercourse, and a super and wildly captivating con guy in town after which at the lam, Empire of Deception proves that the yankee dream of simple wealth is really a undying commodity.
“Captivating . . . Dean Jobb tells the tale of Leo Koretz, a mythical con artist of Madoffian audacity, with impressive power and narrative brio.” —Gary Krist, writer of Empire of Sin
“A brilliantly researched story of greed, ambition, and our determined have to think in magic, it’s historical past that captures the United States because it rather was--and continually may be. an exceptional read.” —Douglas Perry, writer of Eliot Ness
“Reads like a Gatsby-Ponzi mashup . . . Kudos to Jobb for unearthing this neglected tale and bringing to lifestyles an enthralling, witty, naughty, iconic American crook.” —Neal Thompson, writer of A Curious Man
“The granddaddy of all con males, Leo Koretz offers Jobb the chance to convey his remarkable study and storytelling abilities . . . A hugely readable, exciting story.” —Kirkus Reviews
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Reenie, good to her word, maintained a safe distance behind. I miss William Worthington. I see Daniel in passing. He is two years older than I. Daniel has taken his brother’s death hard. Perhaps if we spoke together of William, it would bring comfort to us both. I did the marketing for Grandmother, filling her cupboards. Grandmother sat in her hearth chair, a blanket up around her neck. She crossed her arms under the blanket and cursed Mr. Lincoln. The bones of her elbows poked inside the blanket like a pair of fishhooks.
We got the crew and passengers safely back to Fenwick, though we had as difficult a time landing as we had pushing off. It took several attempts to bring the boat safely to shore. Keeper Dunne remained at his watch at the Light, and Father and I led the men up the beach to the house and gave them blankets. To my surprise and great relief I discovered that Mother, in our absence, had prepared food and warm drinks. My own body was so tired and so cold from the relief effort, I don’t know how I could have done by myself all Mother did for us.
Temperature within one degree of zero this morning. Monday, February 11, 1861 Clear. W. Light. Temperature up around sixty. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 38 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 S23 R24 Thursday, February 14, 1861 Cloudy and Fog. E. Moderate. Chill again. This restless weather is much like Mother’s moods, high and low, and never a clue as to what each day might bring. After morning chores I rowed across the Ditch and walked to school with the Osbourne children at my heels.