This week, we are presenting a selection of five books written by convicted white collar criminals.
It is quite rare to read a crime story we’re familiar with, told from the perspective of an accused and/or convicted individual.
These first-person narratives are a window into the psyche of individuals who have gone through the justice system, and spent some time behind bars, for white collar crime. Some of them do not agree with the verdict and punishment they received; others appear to recognize their wrongdoing.
- Rogue Trader, by Nick Leeson (Barings Bank), made into a movie with Ewan McGregor
- Stolen Without a Gun, by Walter Pavlo (MCI-Worldcom)
- A Price to Pay, by David Bermingham (Natwest-Enron)
- Uneven Justice, by Raj Rajaratnam (Galleon Group)
- The Rise of Mr. Ponzi, by Charles Ponzi (the Securities Exchange Company)
All of these stories lead us to wonder: “what would I have done in such a situation?”