Whipping Boy

Whipping Boy

The Forty-year Search for My Twelve-year-old Bully

Book - 2015
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"From the acclaimed author of A CASE OF CURIOSITIES, Allen Kurzweil's stranger-than-fiction "investigative memoir", detailing his 40-year-search for his boarding school bully who tied him up at the age of twelve and whipped him to the soundtrack of Jesus Christ Superstar, and who went on to lead a mad-cap life of international crime and financial fraud"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062269485
0062269488
Branch Call Number: B KURZWEIL 2015
Characteristics: 291 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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larsxbooks
May 20, 2016

I couldn't even finish it. My tolerance for poor, poor, pitiful rich white men is low to begin with, but his writing wasn't insightful or yearning, just merely whiny. I hated him so profoundly about about page 20 that not even the indignities he endured could stir any sense of compassion in me--and I take pride, as a rule, in my empathy for my fellows.

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NBotkin
May 15, 2016

San Franciscans take note -some of the story takes place here! Couldn't put it down.

drudofsky Aug 22, 2015

Even more interesting than I had imagined. Amusingly recounted.

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StarGladiator
Feb 04, 2015

Part way through this book I considered it most trivial [a fellow attending the most expensive schools, beginning with this book's coverage of the Swiss boarding school, claiming to be middle-class???], but the financial scam and the people scammed in the second half is worth the read - - really hilarious, and you can't believe these saavy people could be so easily duped. [The typical scam you read from some Nigerian email daily: send us all your money, and will send you money, or in this case a super-sized loan. It sort of reminded me of the bizarre prosecution of Enron, legal chief in charge being Mary Jo White - - Obama's person to head the SEC??? Enron had thousands of offshore SPVs hiding the debt, yet somehow White decides to prosecute them on entirely other grounds??? As if forensic accounting never existed????]

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