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The Wolf of Wall Street is a fictional book exploring a story of wealthy businessman Jordan Belfort who's the CEO of an investment firm. By the daytime he makes thousands of dollars a minute and then throws those thousands of dollars on luxurious parties, alcohol, drugs and large yachts. He's what many men aspire to be. The book begins with Jordan retelling his path from working an entry level job at a brokerage house, all the way to starting his own investment firm and having more money than he knows what to do with. Despite Jordan achieving the dream that many men desire. It's clearly evident that it's not the american dream it turns out to be. He becomes a narcissistic and immoral person constantly hooked on drugs and alcohol along with having a self destructing ego and attitude. This is shown throughout the book as Jordan attempts to impress the reader by describing examples of his most high end purchases. Examples include $12,000 bedsheets, a Dinner that totaled $10,000. Anyone besides jordan could see how idiotic these kinds of purchases are. This book is meant to show how the wealthy lose all sense of logic and morals. The level of detail and personal information given throughout the book is amazing. I also encourage you to watch the wolf of wall street film starring Leonardo Di Caprio. Overall, I would give this book a 4/5.
@Moebooks of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
A memoir on the life of Wall Street criminal Jordan Belfort. I watched the movie made by Martin Scorsese and was interested in seeing more of Jordan Belfort. This book is a more detailed version of the movie and unlike the movie has some insight into what happened to Belfort after his conviction and indictment, he argues he is a changed man and now does public speaking to encourage people to do the right things. I recommend this book to those who enjoy biographies especially real life stories on people who build up their lives and then destroy them and finally learn a lesson on why or what happened. The book is a vulgar book with many profanities but is still enjoyable, don't read this book if you are easily offended. I rate this book 4/5 for the biographical aspect and many historical examples we can learn from but obviously the subject matter is more serious. @selfhelpguru of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
Picked up the book as a follow-up to the movie, which I enjoyed. I read about the first half and then just decided to skip to the closing chapter or so. Got a little repetitive (I get it, you were a bad businessman, a bad person, tried to launder your money, liked your lots of women, etc). I would have liked to have seen more reflection on his part of the implications and repercussions of his actions, especially in the closing chapters.
A collection of crass anecdotes barely held together by a story line that exists only because he was caught.
Belfort wishes that he had the movie's screenwriters as his actual ghost writer.
A very accessible read, but at the cost of having any deeper meaning.
This would've been a great book of fiction, except it was a true story. Someone actually lived this life. Amazingly interesting, sad, funny, graphic, detailed, well told and written. I haven't seen the movie but it wouldn't matter, it's still a page turner. It took me 3 renewals to finish but I love the library for letting me do so.
An insider's view at how stock prices are rigged, and numbered accounts and transfer pricing has made a mockery of tax collection. What is really shocking is how the author was literally a bird on a wire with his alcohol and drug addiction. The face remains he is still a wealthy person, having made his money off of trustworthy people. His contrition comes off less than satisfactory.
This book was absolutely awesome.....It demonstrates that a person can have a unlimited amount of money and their lives can be in total shambles
A patron review from the Adult Summer Reading Game: "This autobiographical memoir was a fascinatingly narcissistic read. One of those stories where you're continually vaguely offended yet enthralled. I really could not believe that a person could do so many depraved things and still retain a measure of professional respect. It goes to show exactly how much unlimited funds can buy. Of course it ends with a redemption and lesson learned. I couldn't help but admire the author, Jordan Belfort. He is an amazing salesperson, a natural talent. He taught himself writing by studying the writing style of other writers he admired. And then he proceeded to write his experiences into a readable book form. These days he makes his money from his books, speaking engagements and selling his sales training online. Despite large fine and restitution payments, he remains very wealthy, and I expect he will be able to buy his way out of any further bad behaviour, should he fall from his current honest and sober path. A must read if you want to know what it was like to be a stockbroker during the cocaine fuelled frenzy of the Great Stock Market Bubble."
This book is very different from the movie of the same name. I saw the film version first so had certain expectations for the book. The same thing happened with "Goodfellas" also directed by Scorsese. In both cases, the books were something of a disappointment. Partly because I expected too much from the books, and partly because in a movie you can add to what's in the book, and take out what's boring and/or repetitive. In this book I would have liked to know more of Jordan's background and how he actually started his company (which was shown in the film) and I didn't need to know exactly how many pounds of drugs he was consuming on a daily basis which he mentioned several times, Once is really enough. And while I'm far from a prude, the descriptions of Jordan's and others' sexual attempts and encounters just weren't sexy. I agree with one reviewer that I really didn't get a sense that he cared too much how he destroyed "ordinary" people when they bought his low rent stocks. He kept claiming that Steve Madden "ruined" him, but from what I read, that didn't seem to be the case. Finally, if you see the movie first, be aware that Scorsese took a few liberties with what happened to Jordan with the SEC and how everything actually played out for him. Basically the book is the book and the film is the film.
For a book that’s supposed to be a mea culpa, Belfort has very little to say about the investors that Belfort and his brokers hurt. Early in the book, he claims that Stratton Oakmount targeted only wealthy, qualified investors; that claim serves both to explain how Belfort eluded the Securities and Exchange Commission for so long and makes the reader less sympathetic to the investors, who presumably knew they were getting involved with high-risk stock and could afford their losses. Later in the book, Belfort admits that his clients were not all so well-to-do. Either way, the characters of his victims are unexplored.
a good book mainly talks about his escapades while he was rich, nothing on specifics of the company, funny stories, looking forward to the movie
Too long - rambles on about personal and drug escapades. Very little on how he built Stratton or what motivated him to do the things he did. Could have been written better and more informative.