“It is essential that all of us, especially fraud fighters, understand how ordinary a Ponzi schemer’s personality can seem. Because we only define them as Ponzi schemers in hindsight, it is very hard for us to put ourselves back into the pre-revelation mindset to appreciate what made these characters so appealing. A scholar whose work I admire described a Ponzi schemer as someone who can perfectly impersonate an honest person.”
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“In September 2010, in the first months of this intensifying isolation, Bernie Madoff became my pen pal–forced by captivity to rely almost entirely on e-mail and letters to carry out his last, desperate mission.
That mission: rewriting history–his own history. Where better to start than with his biographer?”
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Diana Henriques talked about her book The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust. She was interviewed by Jill Jorden Spitz and responded to questions from members of the audience.
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“The financial corporate world is an intensely difficult place to develop sources. The document landscape is wonderful, but the source-building landscape remains the most challenging I have ever worked in. The current environment with so much hostility aimed at corporate America has intensified that challenge.” Full Article
“I am impatient with descriptions of Madoff that demonize him or dismiss him as some sort of sub-human monster,” said The New York Times senior financial reporter. “It lets Madoff off the hook in a way I am not willing to do.“
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