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True financial crime-from the author of Mob Cops and Made Men. The eye-opening, untold story of one of the most elaborate conspiracies to rock Wall Street-a scheme involving the Mafia, murder, and millions of dollars.


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True financial crime-from the author of Mob Cops and Made Men. The eye-opening, untold story of one of the most elaborate conspiracies to rock Wall Street-a scheme involving the Mafia, murder, and millions of dollars.

30 review for Nothing But Money: How the Mob Infiltrated Wall Street

  1. 5 out of 5

    Spurnlad

    Well-written account of Mob involvement in Wall Street

  2. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    I don't really know why I so disliked this book. I liked the same author's Made Men rather well, so I'm not sure what was missing in this one. There was sort of no central character, or even a small set of characters; it was all over the place. A zillion characters, a zillion events I didn't really see connecting; it took a LOT of work to make sense out of. The information about stock scams is very interesting, but really hard to follow; I couldn't tell if it's because I don't have much financia I don't really know why I so disliked this book. I liked the same author's Made Men rather well, so I'm not sure what was missing in this one. There was sort of no central character, or even a small set of characters; it was all over the place. A zillion characters, a zillion events I didn't really see connecting; it took a LOT of work to make sense out of. The information about stock scams is very interesting, but really hard to follow; I couldn't tell if it's because I don't have much financial knowledge or because it's oversimplified for people who don't have much financial knowledge, and therefore confusing. I just couldn't tell, and I wasn't really that motivated to figure it out. What WAS vaguely interesting is what I like in all NYC mob books -- the reappearance of "characters" (aka people) I read about elsewhere. Here it's Frank Lino, Tommy Karate, Joseph Massino, some other guys. Interesting to connect the dots between stock scams and street crime in LCN. This book attempts to do it, but I don't know that it did it all that well because I was just so bored much of the time. In context, though, it takes on a greater value. Another problem I had with it was the obvious contempt the author displays for many of the players in this drama; it is a little too obvious that he thinks Warrington is a spoiled brat, Cary Cimino is a sleazy windbag and Robert Lino is a crazed psychopath. Not that I'm arguing any of those people are okay people -- I just find it boring to read a book where the author heaps abuse, stated or unstated but expressed in tone, on the characters he's describing. It just feels icky. This is a reasonably common trait of true crime books, and I find it tedious. I don't remember it from Made Men, so I'm not sure if it's just that these pigdogs are exceptionally bad to the author -- possibly because the book was published in the midst of the financial crash about the glory days of the late-90s early-aughts? Who knows. Overall, I'll be happy to check out Greg B. Smith's other books on OC, but this one to me was an icky, sticky bust. I just feel sleazy. I think I need a shower.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tom Schulte

    This is not really "How the Mob Infiltrated Wall Street". Page 187 states how Mafia-ran pump and dump boiler rooms were already established: "Pump and dump had actually been around since the 1980s, when a handful of gangsters made some money hyping bogus stock." What makes this interesting, beside the at time tedious financial industry maneuvers, is a glimpse inside a still functioning Bonanno crime family post Donnie Brasco. This is not really "How the Mob Infiltrated Wall Street". Page 187 states how Mafia-ran pump and dump boiler rooms were already established: "Pump and dump had actually been around since the 1980s, when a handful of gangsters made some money hyping bogus stock." What makes this interesting, beside the at time tedious financial industry maneuvers, is a glimpse inside a still functioning Bonanno crime family post Donnie Brasco.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lee

    This book tells of the Mob infiltration and manipulation of Wall Street boiler rooms. It was okay at best, it seemed disjointed with the author going back and forth from telling about the various brokers involved in the scams to the wiseguys running it. It was kind of all over the place without a consistent storyline.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Trevino

    A decent read. I enjoyed reading about how all the main characters ended up actually coming together. After that it's just the usual: someone gets spooked by the law, turns informant, and sinks everyone else. A decent read. I enjoyed reading about how all the main characters ended up actually coming together. After that it's just the usual: someone gets spooked by the law, turns informant, and sinks everyone else.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ilie

    one of the rare books about mafia that didn't like it... the stile of writing is sarcastic and empty of style. Guys that made millions fought for 12 000? or for 4500? one of the rare books about mafia that didn't like it... the stile of writing is sarcastic and empty of style. Guys that made millions fought for 12 000? or for 4500?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chad

  8. 4 out of 5

    John

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cyber

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  12. 5 out of 5

    robert owen

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chris Langdon

  14. 5 out of 5

    Skyler Kraemer

  15. 4 out of 5

    Agustin Baldioli

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ian

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brad Lazarus

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jack

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ji

  21. 4 out of 5

    DB

  22. 5 out of 5

    Razlan Mustapha

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gary D.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ron C

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tom

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sean Mars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angelo Mahinay

  28. 4 out of 5

    Farrukh Bashir

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gary Rush

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

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