The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort was actually a great book. I have yet to see the movie, but the book was available at the library… so I borrowed it. I started reading it right before I had to return it (online public library) and I did not realize how LONG the book is (519 pages!). My loan expired, so I had to get back on the waiting list to finish reading it! In short, it took a lot of effort to get the book, keep the book, and finally finish the book, but it was worth it!! Jordan Belfort was everything you’d expect a sleazy stock broker to be… and then some! He has more than you can imagine (more everything) and it was never enough. He was an awful human and therefore he thinks the entire world is against him because he just can’t imagine someone being good. That said, it was really fun to read. I kept telling everyone about the book… “Can you believe this? Can you believe that?” He is very, very open about all his short-comings… his drug use, his cheating, his stock fixing and his shocking spending habits. This book reads like a work of ridiculous fiction, yet it’s a true story. I can absolutely see how it was made in to a Hollywood movie. Read this book… you too can walk around saying, “Can you believe this guy!?!?!”
Goodreads describes the book:
By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could. From the binge that sank a 170-foot motor yacht and ran up a $700,000 hotel tab, to the wife and kids waiting at home and the fast-talking, hard-partying young stockbrokers who called him king, here, in Jordan Belfort’s own words, is the story of the ill-fated genius they called the Wolf of Wall Street. In the 1990s, Belfort became one of the most infamous kingpins in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. It’s an extraordinary story of greed, power, and excess that no one could invent: the tale of an ordinary guy who went from hustling Italian ices to making hundreds of millions—until it all came crashing down.
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