Extract published on September 28, 2012.
Sam Israel was a man who seemed to have it all. Born into one of World’s richest families, he founded his own hedge fund, promising his investors guaranteed profits. But, after suffering devastating losses and faking tax returns, Israel knew his real performance would soon be discovered. So when a former CIA-operative turned conman told him about a “secret market” run by the Federal Reserve, Israel bet his last $150 million of other people’s money on a chance to make it all back. Thus began his crazy year-long adventure in a world populated by clandestine bankers, conspiracy theories, and gun-toting spooks issuing cryptic warnings about a mysterious cabal known as the Octopus.
About the author:
Guy Lawson is a true-crime journalist who has written for The Observer, GQ, Rolling Stone and New York Times. For Octopus, he interviewed Sam Israel in prison for three years and travelled extensively through London, Berlin, Washington, and New York to corroborate Israel’s story.
“Irresistible. It’s a hell of a book.” Sebastian Junger, bestselling author of War and The Perfect Storm
“A fantastic story that delivers shocking insights into the greed and corruption at the heart of the financial system” Geraint Anderson, Cityboy