Book: The Wolf of Wallstreet by Jordan Belfort

  • November 14, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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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, crashed a Gulfstream jet, and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids who waited for him 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 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 . . .

WALL STREET BEST SELLER

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  • Jane A.

    Once you got past all the F words, I actually enjoyed the book. I have another 42 pages to read which I plan to over the weekend. Should be interesting to see how they turn this into a movie.

    November 14, 2013

  • Ann M.

    Good in the beginning, but then all the "dysfunction" got a little old about half-way through. So then, I just wanted it to be over.

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Quite a read!

    November 14, 2013

  • Deah H.

    Visitors can park in any unnumbered spot. If it has a number stenciled on it, find another one. Most of the visitor spots are when you first enter the complex and make the first right.

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do I need to bring anything?

    November 13, 2013

    • Ann M.

      Yes - Deah had said to bring either a dessert or drinks. that was in an earlier post, I believe. Did you also get the message about carpooling? She has very limited parking. Several folks are meeting at my place to rendez-vous at 6:45..... but you may want to ask Amy and/or anyone else who lives around where you live.

      November 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I remember seeing the "Tex Mex" message. I just wasn't sure if we were all bringing something or if just a few items were needed. I'll pick up something on my way. I responded to the carpool message and got a response from Katrina. She's not going to make it, so I'm just crossing my fingers for available space :-) See you later!

      November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oy, work is insane this week. Not going to be able to make it after all.

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Changing rsvp to 'no' -- unfortunately I didn't start the book in time, so I will free up a spot for someone who did.

    November 10, 2013

    • Ann M.

      You know - I'll deny I ever said this, but it's OK if you haven't read the book Robin!! Hopefully, you'll be seeing the movie. So please feel free to come join us in what promises to be a very "spirited discussion!!

      November 10, 2013

    • Ann M.

      Hey Robin - I really mean it. Please come - I'm sure there are plenty of others who either haven't read the book, or haven't finished it. No worries really - I don't want you to miss this discussion.

      November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This book discussion is going to be so so interesting. I can't wait.

    November 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's with this guy and all the "loamy loins"?!

    November 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Definitely should mean an interesting discussion. I agree with Amy. It is disturbing that we live in a culture where Belfort is allowed to continue to profit from his wrong-doing. All I can hope is that eventually all his earnings from his book and the resulting film are confiscated as restitution for his victims.

    1 · October 30, 2013

  • Ann M.

    Well, this is most interesting. Thank you Amy for pointing this out - should add more "fire" to our discussion!! The book will leave most seriously enraged, for sure

    1 · October 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am finding that I am not looking forward to reading more chapters about these pigs taking drugs, cheating with hookers and generally doing whatever they want. I hope the book gets better (!). I am only upto chapter 7.

      October 28, 2013

    • Ann M.

      Well, the book continues with more bizarre behavior- I'm a little more than half way through the book. I'm enjoying it, though admit to getting tired of the constant "excess sins" that I know are true. Now, I just want to get through it, instead of looking forward to it. But this is what a book club is about - spirited discussion about the chosen books.

      October 29, 2013

  • Lauren

    Just realized I will be our of town this week. I will have to see you ladies next time.

    October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I guess I better start reading.

    October 20, 2013

    • Ann M.

      On "large" print with my mini-Ipad, this book is about 1500 pages long!! HA! It freaked me out, until I realized that the "normal" size is a little more than 500 pages. Most of our books are usually 300 pages, at least that's what we try to get!!

      October 21, 2013

  • Ann M.

    This book may be a bit long, but it's "riveting" - I'm really enjoying it, from the first page on. Read quickly...the movie is only 2 weeks later with Leo!!! YAY!!

    October 20, 2013

  • JANICE M C.

    Looking forward to the movie tomorrow night. Thanks, Ann, for hosting ONCE AGAIN. Welcome to all of the new members that joined us, I enjoyed meeting each and every one of you.

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe the paperback is not out yet--B & N website says the paperback comes out in December

    October 13, 2013

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