The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street

Book - 2007
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In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess that no one could invent. Reputedly the prototype for the film Boiler Room, Stratton Oakmont turned microcap investing into a wickedly lucrative game as Belfort’s hyped-up, coked-out brokers browbeat clients into stock buys that were guaranteed to earn obscene profits—for the house. But an insatiable appetite for debauchery, questionable tactics, and a fateful partnership with a breakout shoe designer named Steve Madden would land Belfort on both sides of the law and into a harrowing darkness all his own. From the stormy relationship Belfort shared with his model-wife as they ran a madcap household that included two young children, a full-time staff of twenty-two, a pair of bodyguards, and hidden cameras everywhere—even as the SEC and FBI zeroed in on them—to the unbridled hedonism of his office life, here is the extraordinary story of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices at sixteen to making hundreds of millions. Until it all came crashing down . . .
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780553805468
Branch Call Number: 332.62 BEL NVD


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May 30, 2020

The Wolf of Wall Street is a fictional book exploring a story of wealthy businessman Jordan Belfort who's the CEO of an investment firm. By the daytime he makes thousands of dollars a minute and then throws those thousands of dollars on luxurious parties, alcohol, drugs and large yachts. He's what many men aspire to be. The book begins with Jordan retelling his path from working an entry level job at a brokerage house, all the way to starting his own investment firm and having more money than he knows what to do with. Despite Jordan achieving the dream that many men desire. It's clearly evident that it's not the american dream it turns out to be. He becomes a narcissistic and immoral person constantly hooked on drugs and alcohol along with having a self destructing ego and attitude. This is shown throughout the book as Jordan attempts to impress the reader by describing examples of his most high end purchases. Examples include $12,000 bedsheets, a Dinner that totaled $10,000. Anyone besides jordan could see how idiotic these kinds of purchases are. This book is meant to show how the wealthy lose all sense of logic and morals. The level of detail and personal information given throughout the book is amazing. I also encourage you to watch the wolf of wall street film starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Overall, I would give this book a 4/5.
@Moebooks of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Apr 25, 2019

A memoir on the life of Wall Street criminal Jordan Belfort. I watched the movie made by Martin Scorsese and was interested in seeing more of Jordan Belfort. This book is a more detailed version of the movie and unlike the movie has some insight into what happened to Belfort after his conviction and indictment, he argues he is a changed man and now does public speaking to encourage people to do the right things. I recommend this book to those who enjoy biographies especially real life stories on people who build up their lives and then destroy them and finally learn a lesson on why or what happened. The book is a vulgar book with many profanities but is still enjoyable, don't read this book if you are easily offended. I rate this book 4/5 for the biographical aspect and many historical examples we can learn from but obviously the subject matter is more serious. @selfhelpguru of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Dec 19, 2016

Picked up the book as a follow-up to the movie, which I enjoyed. I read about the first half and then just decided to skip to the closing chapter or so. Got a little repetitive (I get it, you were a bad businessman, a bad person, tried to launder your money, liked your lots of women, etc). I would have liked to have seen more reflection on his part of the implications and repercussions of his actions, especially in the closing chapters.

Apr 04, 2016

A collection of crass anecdotes barely held together by a story line that exists only because he was caught.

Belfort wishes that he had the movie's screenwriters as his actual ghost writer.

A very accessible read, but at the cost of having any deeper meaning.

Jan 25, 2016

The movie closely follows the book.

Apr 06, 2015

poorly written, verbose, rambling.

Mar 03, 2015

This would've been a great book of fiction, except it was a true story. Someone actually lived this life. Amazingly interesting, sad, funny, graphic, detailed, well told and written. I haven't seen the movie but it wouldn't matter, it's still a page turner. It took me 3 renewals to finish but I love the library for letting me do so.

Oct 04, 2014

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.

ambrosianyc Sep 27, 2014

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

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."

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Other: Release date November 15, 2013 (USA)

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