Life Inside the Madoff Family
Little, Brown and Company
On Sale: October 31, 2011
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In December 2008, the world watched as master financier
Bernard L. Madoff was taken away from his posh Manhattan
apartment in handcuffs, accused of swindling thousands of
innocent victims—including friends and family—out of
billions of dollars in the world’s largest Ponzi scheme.
Madoff went to jail; he will spend the rest of his life
there. But what happened to his devoted wife and sons? The
people closest to him, the public reasoned, must have known
the truth behind his astounding success. Had they been
With unprecedented access to the surviving family
members—wife Ruth, son Andrew and his fiancée Catherine
Hooper—journalist Laurie Sandell reveals the personal
details behind the headlines. How did Andrew and Mark, the
sons who’d spent their lives believing in and building their
own families around their father’s business first learn of
the massive deception? How does a wife, who adored her
husband since they were teenagers, begin to understand the
ramifications of his actions? The Madoffs were a
tight-knit—even claustrophobic—clan, sticking together
through marriages, divorces, and illnesses. But the
pressures of enduring the massive scandal push them to their
breaking points, most of all son Mark, whose suicide is one
of the many tragedies that grew in the wake of the scandal.
Muzzled by lawyers, vilified by the media and roundly
condemned by the public, the Madoffs have chosen to keep
their silence—until now. Ultimately, theirs is one of the
most riveting stories of our time: a modern-day Greek
tragedy about money, power, lies, family, truth and
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