Madoff Books Disappoint Says WSJ

Not only did Bernie Madoff  fail to deliver the goods for his investors, but the six current books about him fail to deliver the inside scoop on his Ponzi scheme, complains the Wall St. Journal. Noting that the investigation is little more than half a year old, with “most crucial evidence under wraps as prosecutors put together cases against Mr. Madoff’s co-conspirators,” the story declares, “we will just have to wait.” 

However, it does grant some praise to Erin Arvedlund’s newly released Too Good To Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff, calling it “thoroughly reported” and touting its portrait of

 Madoff’s rise on Wall Street and the history of his firm, including the legitimate market-making arm. It also has plenty of detail about the suspicions about his investment-management business. Ms. Arvedlund got those suspicions into print long before Mr. Madoff surrendered to authorities — she wrote an article raising doubts about his returns in 2001.

World Cat says 70 libraries have it. Of the four libraries we checked, two had it, and both had modest holds.

Too Good to Be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff
Erin Arvedlund
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover – (2009-08-11)
ISBN / EAN: 1591842875 / 9781591842873

Also available from Tantor Audio

  • CD: $69; ISBN: 9781400144105

Meanwhile, the tabloids are having fun with former Hadassah Chief Financial Officer Sheryl Weinstein’s forthcoming tell-all, Madoff’s Other Secret which details her alleged affair with him, due at the end of August (she says Madoff was not well endowed and was a terrific lover, according to the Journal).

Madoff’s Other Secret: Love, Money, Bernie, and Me
Sheryl Weinstein
Retail Price: $23.99
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – (2009-08-25)
ISBN / EAN: 0312618379 / 9780312618377

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