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Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff

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Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff
Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff




The United States has always proved an inviting home for boosters, sharp dealers, and outright swindlers. Worship of entrepreneurial freedom has complicated the task of distinguishing aggressive salesmanship from unacceptable deceit, especially on the frontiers of innovation. At the same time, competitive pressures have often nudged respectable firms to embrace deception. As a result, fraud has been a key feature of American business since its beginnings. In this sweeping narrative, Edward Balleisen traces the history of fraud in America―and the evolving efforts to combat it―from the age of P. T. Barnum through the eras of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff.



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