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Empire of Deception


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Dean Jobb is an award-winning author and journalist and a professor at the University of King's College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he teaches in the graduate Creative Nonfiction and Journalism programs. He is the author of six previous books, including Empire of Deception, called "intoxicating and impressive" by The New York Times Book Review. Jobb has written for major American and Canadian newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune, the American Journalism Review, Toronto's Globe and Mail, and his monthly true-crime column, "Stranger Than Fiction," appears in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. His work as an investigative reporter has been nominated for Canada's National Newspaper and National Magazine awards and Jobb is a three-time winner of Atlantic Canada's top journalism award. His website is www.deanjobb.com.


"Intoxicating and impressively researched, Jobb's immorality tale provides a sobering post-Madoff reminder that those who think everything is theirs for the taking are destined to be taken." --The New York Times Book Review

"Comprehensively researched and enthralling . . . High-stakes hijinks give the story a rollicking feel, but Jobb manages great poignancy, too. . . This lively and sweeping account seems to have already given a master con artist his due, putting him in the 'pantheon of pyramid-building swindlers.'" --The Washington Post "This cautionary tale of 1920s greed and excess reads like it could happen today." --The Associated Press "Jobb vividly, albeit briefly, brings the Chicago of the 1880s and '90s to life . . . [and] is a masterpiece of narrative set-up and vivid language." --Chicago Tribune "Dean Jobb skillfully dusts off this century-old tale with a fast-paced narrative, a keen eye for detail and a cast of characters in which the free-for-all city of Chicago plays a prominent role . . . [A] masterfully told story." --Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Jobb expertly mixes newspaper research with witness interviews to weave a rollicking narrative. . . .The result is a memorable, fast-moving work of history."--Atlanta Jewish Times"[A]n intriguing story. . . In our own wealth-besotted times, this well-researched story of Leo Koretz is a cautionary tale."--Washington Independent Review of Books "Peppered with contemporaneous photos depicting the key players and the swanky places, phony stock certificates, newspaper headlines, and even a 'wanted' posted, Empire of Deception is a jaw-dropping, rollicking good read."--Booklist "This lively, entertaining, and depressingly relevant history of a man and his con reads like a novel and will be enjoyed by fans of popular history as well as true crime." --Library Journal
, starred review
"[A] rollicking story of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, and illicit sex." --Publishers Weekly

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