The Wolf of Wall Street

In The Wolf Of Wall Street, Belfort provides a vivid account of how within the span of just six years, he rose from the position of an entry-level apprentice to the founder of his own investment firm, Stratton Oakmont. During the 1990s, Jordan Belfort rose to become the leader of his investment firm. In his revealing autobiography, Belfort does not reveal much about how he climbed that corporate ladder, and readers should not expect a rags to riches story that they can relate to. Instead, readers will be shocked to read about an immoral, self-destructive, drug-induced, ego-maniac, who happens to be Belfort! To say that Belfort’s life was dysfunctional, is an understatement. Many of his egomaniacal tales tell of wildly promiscuous episodes involving prostitutes. He describes his wife as manipulative, as she used her sexuality to modify Belfort’s behaviour. Then there is the obsession with drug cocktails. Most of Belfort’s time was spent inebriated on drugs and engaging in risk-taking behaviour. If it wasn’t the drugs then was his extravagant spending habits, which will surely draw readers’ attention. It’s how he spent 12,000 dollars for a set of silk sheets, or ate a 10,000 dollars dinner at a restaurant, and ran up a hotel bill of 700,000 dollars, that will lead readers to label Belfort as a braggart. The book is a fine example of what happens when success goes haywire. During the daytime, Belfort appeared to be a smooth-talking investment stockbroker, but at night he was a hard-partying, ill-fated genius, whose luck came crashing down and landed him in federal prison. Since the publication of The Wolf Of Wall Street, the book was translated into 18 languages and published in over 40 countries. The book was also turned into a Hollywood movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.


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