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Capital Offenses

American innovation may be legendary, but it has a dark side. White-collar crime is on the rise, with disastrous consequences for ordinary Americans. Yet often it's unclear who will pay for the crimes committed. In Capital Offenses, Samuel Buell draws on his personal experience leading the investigation into the biggest white-collar case in U.S. history to present an in-depth examination of business crime today. Detailing the complex legal framework that governs corporations, Buell shows that deciphering business crime is rarely black or white. In lucid, thought-provoking prose, Buell reveals the depth of the legal issues at stake, delving into fraud practices, the art of "loopholing," the difficulty of prosecuting corporations, and the work of white-collar-crime prosecutors. Capturing an important story at the heart of American politics, law, and economics, Capital Offenses delivers a forceful argument for ushering in a more ethical age for corporate America.
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Samuel Buell is the Bernard M. Fishman Professor of Law at Duke University and an expert on criminal law. He served as lead prosecutor for the Department of Justice's Enron Task Force and lives in Durham, North Carolina.


"A book that will challenge conventional wisdom among readers who intuitively believe that corporations often game the system." -- Kirkus Reviews "[Buell] has crafted a thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of crime on Wall Street vs. crime on Main Street." -- Publishers' Weekly "This is an extraordinary book that will make you rethink whatever you thought you knew about corporate crime and punishment. Professor Buell draws on his experience pursuing white-collar criminals to expose in plain language a system that fails to deliver for perpetrators and victims alike." -- David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author of The Making of Donald Trump "Capital Offenses is a groundbreaking book, one that provides a fascinating analysis of the seemingly endless phenomenon of white-collar crime. Sam Buell, a law professor at Duke University and a former federal prosecutor who handled some of the most prominent corporate criminal cases in American history, is uniquely positioned to detail the circumstances and complexities surrounding corporate crime. In an era where legal violations in the boardrooms have destroyed and even ended lives, Buell's is an essential book that explains what every American needs to know about these offenses. It is an important achievement that will reshape the ways we think about white-collar crime." -- Kurt Eichenwald, George Polk Award-winning investigative reporter and author of Conspiracy of Fools and The Informant "[Capital Offenses] deserves attention from anyone concerned with the topic [of white collar crime]. . . . The author brings two excellent credentials to his task: a breezy writing style and deep prosecutorial experience. . . . Buell does an admirably brisk job of analyzing what's gone wrong with a litany of corporate prosecutions. " -- Paul Barrett - Bloomberg

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