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Now a major motion picture directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting. 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 and did his bidding, here, in his own inimitable words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called . . .

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

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 . . .

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


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The Wolf of Wall Sreet
June 28th, 2014
A great read. Much more revealing than the movie is. It's difficult to feel sympathy and empathy for an individual like Jordan; however, the book makes it possible. Somehow, the reader is able to relate to an individual who's lifestyle is so dramatically different than anything imaginable. The book, written by a self-described "money-guy," is surprisingly detailed and we'll written. Perhaps the largest difference between the movie and the book is the relationship that develops between Jordan and his family. The movie just doesn't do it justice. 5-out-of-5 stars!
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The Wolf of Wall Street
March 18th, 2014
Fascinating read !
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February 24th, 2014
Interesting story about how a person can become so greedy to ruin his whole life and those of others.
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February 21st, 2014
I loved this book! It was fast paced and exciting! I read it in 2 days and was thoroughly entertained. Sandy
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February 15th, 2014
The even split between 1-start and 5-star reviews is very telling - you'll either love it or hate it, there seems to be very few in between. In short, the book is an over the top, fast paced, recount of non-stop drug abuse, sex, money laundering schemes, and stock manipulation. About halfway through the book I had to go online to confirm that this is, in fact, a non-fiction work - it reads more like a thriller. If you're looking for stock market know-how, this is not the book that will teach you that, albeit the "chop stock" machinations on top of which Belfort built his empire are definitely an interesting historical artifact. Instead, this is a great tale of the lifestyle of the "rich and dysfunctional". If you suspend your sense of reality, it is actually a quiet engaging book. Albeit personally, I am still shell-shocked from the thought that Belfort has lived and survived through all this.
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February 13th, 2014
I liked this book. Good plot. Exciting. I will definitely reread it. I also watched the movie lately, I prefer the book.
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February 11th, 2014
A realistic albeit extravagant depiction of the life of Jordan Belfort. Saw the man on youtube the other day, all I can say is he was very persuasive and charemastic.
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February 8th, 2014
I have only read up to book 2 but is a very good read so far! Jordan is honest and allows readers to have a glimpse of his life and mind. I hope that the movie will do it justice.
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January 23rd, 2014
I loved the book. Some parts were hard to believe and I do question the validity of some parts, however. Some of the Wall Street lingo made me yawn. I want to read the book again, however and would recommend it to others.
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January 23rd, 2014
Such a good read. I couldn't put the book down. I really recommend everyone should read this!!!
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January 22nd, 2014
Must read before seeing the movie....quite extraordinary!!
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January 22nd, 2014
This was such a great read I couldn't put it down and once I found out there was a sequel I bought it straight away! An absolute page turner that I have recommended to many people!
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Meh
December 30th, 2013
It's actually a fairly old tale of greed, megalomania and predictably hedonistic behaviour. This was an uninspiring read, that I pushed through my boredom to get to the end, because I reasoned if Leo & Martin tag-teamed on the movie for this, there must be something worth waiting for at the end. There wasn't. I'm very disappointed in the story and at least I'll save some money on skipping the movie.
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Wolf of Wall Street
September 7th, 2013
Having been in the investment banking world for a substantial part of my career, I recognize a lot of the craziness and excess' that this book relates. It s a fun read and will keep you entertained as well as awed at how money and success can become your worst enemies in life.
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
July 19th, 2013
Great read. Highly recommend this to anyone
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