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280 p. ; 23 cm.
Green Library
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iii, 330 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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iv, 383 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
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iv, 211 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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iii, 26 p. ; 24 cm.
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iii, 214 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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xiv, 479 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • List of Illustrations ix Acknowledgments xi Part I: Duplicity and the Evolution of American Capitalism Chapter One: The Enduring Dilemmas of Antifraud Regulation 3 Chapter Two: The Shape-Shifting, Never-Changing World of Fraud 14 Part II: A Nineteenth-Century World of Caveat Emptor(1810s to 1880s) Chapter Three: The Porousness of the Law 43 Chapter Four: Channels of Exposure 75 Part III: Professionalization, Moralism, and the Elite Assault on Deception (1860s to 1930s) Chapter Five: The Beginnings of a Modern Administrative State 107 Chapter Six: Innovation, Moral Economy, and the Postmaster General's Peace 143 Chapter Seven: The Businessmen's War to End All Fraud 174 Chapter Eight: Quandaries of Procedural Justice 208 Part IV: The Call for Investor and Consumer Protection (1930s to 1970s) Chapter Nine: Moving toward Caveat Venditor 245 Chapter Ten: Consumerism and the Reorientation of Antifraud Policy 285 Chapter Eleven: The Promise and Limits of the Antifraud State 316 Part V: The Market Strikes Back (1970s to 2010s) Chapter Twelve: Neoliberalism and the Rediscovery of Business Fraud 353 List of Abbreviations 385 Notes 387 Index 471.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691164557 20170206
The United States has always proved an inviting home for boosters, sharp dealers, and outright swindlers. Worship of entrepreneurial freedom has complicated the task of distinguishing aggressive salesmanship from unacceptable deceit, especially on the frontiers of innovation. At the same time, competitive pressures have often nudged respectable firms to embrace deception. As a result, fraud has been a key feature of American business since its beginnings. In this sweeping narrative, Edward Balleisen traces the history of fraud in America--and the evolving efforts to combat it--from the age of P. T. Barnum through the eras of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff. Starting with an early nineteenth-century American legal world of "buyer beware, " this unprecedented account describes the slow, piecemeal construction of modern regulatory institutions to protect consumers and investors, from the Gilded Age through the New Deal and the Great Society. It concludes with the more recent era of deregulation, which has brought with it a spate of costly frauds, including the savings and loan crisis, corporate accounting scandals, and the recent mortgage-marketing debacle. By tracing how Americans have struggled to foster a vibrant economy without enabling a corrosive level of fraud, this book reminds us that American capitalism rests on an uneasy foundation of social trust.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691164557 20170206
Green Library
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iv, 145 pages ; 24 cm
Green Library
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1 online resource (1 v.)
  • Introduction About the author Acknowledgements Part One A brief but efficient history of trickery Chapter 1 The horror stories Bernie Madoff Allen Stanford Could you have spotted a problem? Lessons from the past If you can't trust the analysts and the auditors, who can you trust? Chapter 2 Our touching need for confidence Insider trading Ivan Boesky and Dennis Levine Robert Vesco Plus ca change... Chapter 3 Shiny new inventions and old tricks Ponzi and 'Pump and Dump' schemes The SEC and Bernard Madoff Further SEC investigations Some frauds just never go away Part Two Let's go to work: the confidence men in action Chapter 4 Sharks or maniacs? Are some financial fraudsters psychopaths? Routine activity theory Nigerian scams - a different type of fraudster altogether? The problem with plausibility Chapter 5 Yielding to temptation: the Allen Stanford story Offshore jurisdictions Good old boys Making sense of Stanford Chapter 6 Shamanagement: financial wizardry to create paper profits The Olympus scandal The man who became the 'Man from Del Monte' Investors versus business shamans Part Three Why we get the swindlers we deserve Chapter 7 Some deadly sins of investment: trusting false prophets, investing for the Apocalypse and the money illusion Selling the sizzle, not the steak Gold bugs: waiting for Armageddon The money illusion You can fool some of the people all of the time ... Chapter 8 Moral hazard in the system The LIBOR scandal The swindling of Jefferson County, Alabama Surviving the banks Chapter 9 Due negligence: failing to do the analysis Harry Markopolos and Bernie Madoff A word on funds and funds of funds Due diligence always matters Part Four How to avoid being swindled Chapter 10 Funds are not all the same! The Bayou hedge fund fraud Avoiding hedge fund fraud Chapter 11 All the books are cooked: the trouble with company accounts Legal differences Corporate governance from the investor's point of view Company accounts Crazy Eddie Enron Investors and accounts Chapter 12 Safer strategies The first line of defence against fraud Lower your expectations Asset allocation Staying sane in the investment jungle Afterword Further reading Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780273751342 20160614
Financial fraud, whether large or small is a persistent feature of the financial markets. If you scratch the surface of the investment world you'll find a continuous stream of major financial scandals which are almost unbelievable in the sheer scale of their subterfuge. The Con Men shines a spotlight on some of these gargantuan frauds from the last 25 years. It questions how these men did it, why they did it, how there were able to get away with it, proposes strategies and tactics so that the reader can avoid being swindled.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780273751342 20160614
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1 online resource (v, 639 p.) : col. ill.
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iii, 37 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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2 v. (xvii, 2640 p.) : ill. ; 24 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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iii, 225 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)

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