Ponzi's Scheme

  • von Mitchell Zuckoff
  • Sprecher: Grover Gardner
  • 9 Std. 58 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


It was a time when anything seemed possible, instant wealth, glittering fame, fabulous luxury, and for a run of magical weeks in the spring and summer of 1920, Charles Ponzi made it all come true. Promising to double investors' money in three months, the dapper, charming Ponzi raised the "rob Peter to pay Paul" scam to an art form and raked in millions at his office in downtown Boston. Ponzi's Scheme is the amazing true story of the irresistible scoundrel who launched the most successful scheme of financial alchemy in modern history, and uttered the first roar of the Roaring Twenties. Ponzi may have been a charlatan, but he was also a wonderfully likable man. His intentions were noble, his manners impeccable, his sales pitch enchanting. Born to a genteel Italian family, he immigrated to the United States with big dreams but no money. Only after he became hopelessly enamored of a stenographer named Rose Gnecco and persuaded her to marry him did Ponzi light on the means to make his dreams come true. His true motive was not greed but love.
With rich narrative skill, Mitchell Zuckoff conjures up the feverish atmosphere of Boston during the weeks when Ponzi's bubble grew bigger and bigger. At the peak of his success, Ponzi was taking in more than $2 million a week. And then his house of cards came crashing down, thanks in large part to the relentless investigative reporting of Richard Grozier's Boston Post.
In Zuckoff's hands, Ponzi is no mere swindler; instead he is appealing and magnetic, a colorful and poignant figure, someone who struggled his whole life to attain great wealth and who sincerely believed, to the very end, that he could have made good on his investment promises if only he'd had enough time. Ponzi is a classic American tale of immigrant life and the dream of success, and the unexpectedly moving story of a man who, for a fleeting, illusory moment, attained it all.



"Zuckoff's biography of Ponzi is meticulously accurate, based on memoirs and newspaper accounts of the day, weaving the story of the rise of this small-time Italian immigrant with that of Richard Grozier, second-generation editor of the Boston Post." ( Booklist)


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Ponzi & marketing of the dream getting rich fast

Reading the story about the Great Crash 1929 which mentioned Ponzi I was intrigued to buy this book.

Out of a simple idea related to a currency speculation on the basis of a postal international cooperation Ponzi developed a business which could attract investors. The definition of greed is to expect 50% interest in 45 days. Ponzi made the right marketing and PR to attract such greedy believers, to manage them and the relation to the authorities. He got greedy too, shopping businesses every day and the fought against the fall, a deep fall.

His business model got a term in the financial industry: Ponzi's scheme ...

A great story told in the right way.

I like the speaker, somehow the right voice for this story of greed.
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- Alexander

Schade um die vertane Chance...

Das Buch ist ein schillerndes Bild des vielleicht größten Betrügers der 20er Jahre und seines Imperiums aus Seifenblasen.
Leider verdirbt der Sprecher die Faszination des Bösen bei Ponzi völlig indem er ihn immer wie Super Mario sprechen läßt... So kommt keine rechte Spannung auf und der verwirrende Erzählstrang verläuft sich völlig.
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- Enzensberger

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 18.03.2005
  • Verlag: Books on Tape