Truth and Consequences

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/31/2011
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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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, musthave known the truth behind his astounding success. Had they been tricked, too?With unprecedented access to the surviving family members-wife Ruth, son Andrew and his fianc e 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 werea 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 consequences.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 3
An Unthinkable Turn of Eventsp. 7
The Deep Sea Clubp. 17
The Book of Ruthp. 29
Trouble in Paradisep. 43
Work/Lifep. 57
A Painful Affairp. 71
"You Will Have Everything You Want in Life, but Not in the Way That You Expect It"p. 81
Catherine and Andrew in Lovep. 103
Family Tiesp. 113
The Calm Before the Stormp. 133
The Big Crashp. 153
The Confessionp. 175
Catherine and Andrew's New Normalp. 191
Bomb Scarep. 207
House Arrestp. 215
The News Goes from Bad to Worsep. 225
Two Paths, Two Realitiesp. 239
Life After Berniep. 249
Mark Spiralsp. 261
Picking Up the Pieces ... Againp. 275
Into Darknessp. 289
Remembering Markp. 309
Final Showdownp. 315
Epiloguep. 335
Acknowledgmentsp. 339
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