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The Wolf of Wall Street

Belfort, Jordan (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Wolf of Wall Street
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Random House, Inc.
Now a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort’s own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street. In the 1990s, Belfort became one of the most infamous kingpins in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. It’s an extraordinary story of greed, power, and excess that no one could invent: the tale of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices to making hundreds of millions—until it all came crashing down.

Praise for The Wolf of Wall Street

“Raw and frequently hilarious.”The New York Times

“A rollicking tale of [Jordan Belfort’s] rise to riches as head of the infamous boiler room Stratton Oakmont . . . proof that there are indeed second acts in American lives.”Forbes

“A cross between Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities and Scorsese’s GoodFellas . . . Belfort has the Midas touch.”The Sunday Times (London)

“Entertaining as pulp fiction, real as a federal indictment . . . a hell of a read.”Kirkus Reviews

Authors: Belfort, Jordan
Statement of Responsibility: Jordan Belfort
Title: The wolf of Wall Street
Edition: Bantam Books Trade Paperback Edition
Characteristics: 519 pages ; 21 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "Now a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio"--Cover
Subject Headings: Belfort, Jordan Stockbrokers New York (State) New York Biography Securities industry New York (State) New York Wall Street (New York, N.Y.)
Topical Term: Stockbrokers
Securities industry
LCCN: 2013362333
ISBN: 9780345549334
0345549333
Branch Call Number: B Belfort B
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Jun 30, 2014
  • jmenitsch rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book is very different from the movie of the same name. I saw the film version first so had certain expectations for the book. The same thing happened with "Goodfellas" also directed by Scorsese. In both cases, the books were something of a disappointment. Partly because I expected too much from the books, and partly because in a movie you can add to what's in the book, and take out what's boring and/or repetitive. In this book I would have liked to know more of Jordan's background and how he actually started his company (which was shown in the film) and I didn't need to know exactly how many pounds of drugs he was consuming on a daily basis which he mentioned several times, Once is really enough. And while I'm far from a prude, the descriptions of Jordan's and others' sexual attempts and encounters just weren't sexy. I agree with one reviewer that I really didn't get a sense that he cared too much how he destroyed "ordinary" people when they bought his low rent stocks. He kept claiming that Steve Madden "ruined" him, but from what I read, that didn't seem to be the case. Finally, if you see the movie first, be aware that Scorsese took a few liberties with what happened to Jordan with the SEC and how everything actually played out for him. Basically the book is the book and the film is the film.

Jun 23, 2014
  • miaone rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Hideous book, hideous movie. No socially redeeming merit at all.

Jan 15, 2014
  • nutty7688 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Personally, I did not like this book. But the movie was great.

Sep 26, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

For a book that’s supposed to be a mea culpa, Belfort has very little to say about the investors that Belfort and his brokers hurt. Early in the book, he claims that Stratton Oakmount targeted only wealthy, qualified investors; that claim serves both to explain how Belfort eluded the Securities and Exchange Commission for so long and makes the reader less sympathetic to the investors, who presumably knew they were getting involved with high-risk stock and could afford their losses. Later in the book, Belfort admits that his clients were not all so well-to-do. Either way, the characters of his victims are unexplored.
http://www.forbes.com/2007/10/10/book-review-belfort-oped-cz_mm_1010belfort.html

Sep 23, 2013
  • lindamck63 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved it! Can't wait to see the movie. Would like to read his next book "Catching the Wolf of Wall Street".

Aug 15, 2013
  • ayub rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

a good book mainly talks about his escapades while he was rich, nothing on specifics of the company, funny stories, looking forward to the movie

Feb 21, 2011
  • persymona rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Too long - rambles on about personal and drug escapades. Very little on how he built Stratton or what motivated him to do the things he did. Could have been written better and more informative.

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Sep 23, 2013
  • mariednguyen rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Other: Release date November 15, 2013 (USA)

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