The Wolf of Wall Street

Belfort, Jordan

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


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

Baker & Taylor
The former head of the investment firm Stratton Oakmont describes the rise and fall of his financial empire, his life of glamour and excess, and the scandal that destroyed his empire, sent him to prison, and sparked his drug abuse.

Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks,, 2013
Edition: Bantam Books Trade Paperback Edition
Copyright Date: ♭2007
ISBN: 9780345549334
Branch Call Number: B Belfort B
Characteristics: 519 pages ; 21 cm.


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Oct 04, 2014
  • rpavlacic rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An insider's view at how stock prices are rigged, and numbered accounts and transfer pricing has made a mockery of tax collection. What is really shocking is how the author was literally a bird on a wire with his alcohol and drug addiction. The face remains he is still a wealthy person, having made his money off of trustworthy people. His contrition comes off less than satisfactory.

Sep 27, 2014
  • ambrosianyc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was absolutely awesome.....It demonstrates that a person can have a unlimited amount of money and their lives can be in total shambles

Sep 02, 2014

A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "This autobiographical memoir was a fascinatingly narcissistic read. One of those stories where you're continually vaguely offended yet enthralled. I really could not believe that a person could do so many depraved things and still retain a measure of professional respect. It goes to show exactly how much unlimited funds can buy. Of course it ends with a redemption and lesson learned. I couldn't help but admire the author, Jordan Belfort. He is an amazing salesperson, a natural talent. He taught himself writing by studying the writing style of other writers he admired. And then he proceeded to write his experiences into a readable book form. These days he makes his money from his books, speaking engagements and selling his sales training online. Despite large fine and restitution payments, he remains very wealthy, and I expect he will be able to buy his way out of any further bad behaviour, should he fall from his current honest and sober path. A must read if you want to know what it was like to be a stockbroker during the cocaine fuelled frenzy of the Great Stock Market Bubble."

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.

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
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Other: Release date November 15, 2013 (USA)


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