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The Embeler, first written in 1966, uses conflicting narrative voices and viewpoints to illuminate the fabled dimensions of American economic history as it was then understood. Inspired by the documented facts of the Wall Street fraud case that led the United States government to take control of the American stock market, Auchincloss then describes the case and its main players with credibility and skill, reinventing the facts of this historical event with skill. Given the financial crisis of 2008, and similar fraudulent schemes that have been exposed since, this is must reading.

The Embeler tells the life story of Guy Prime, who was born into wealth, enjoyed his youth, and eventually ended up in prison after he tried to secure loans against money he did not have and his embelements were revealed. Whatever the reasons for his gradual lapse into crime and his eventual disgrace, Guy Prime remains one of Louis Auchincloss's most engaging characters. Guy's gravest flaw appears not to be greed but rather a chronic tendency to misread human character. The story itself is told from three different viewpoints and narrators. Auchincloss's multi-narrator technique allows the reader to have a vivid sense of what transpired. This is classic Auchincloss, on a subject that illumines current events.

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Hardback Editions

February 2002 : USA Hardback

Title: The Embezzler
Author(s): Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 0-7658-0778-5 / 978-0-7658-0778-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Transaction Publishers,U.S.
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June 1993 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Embezzler
Author(s): Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 1-56849-151-4 / 978-1-56849-151-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Buccaneer Books
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February 1988 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Embezzler (Curley Large Print Books)
Author(s): Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 1-55504-386-0 / 978-1-55504-386-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
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June 1966 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Embezzler
Author(s): Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 0-395-07362-6 / 978-0-395-07362-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

May 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Embezzler
Author(s): Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 1-4128-1326-3 / 978-1-4128-1326-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Transaction Large Print
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February 1988 : USA Paperback

Title: The Embezzler
Author(s): Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 1-55504-505-7 / 978-1-55504-505-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: John Curley & Assoc
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June 1980 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Embezzler
Author(s): Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 0-395-29845-8 / 978-0-395-29845-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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1968 : UK Paperback
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Title: The embezzler
Author(s): Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 0-450-00055-9 / 978-0-450-00055-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: New English Library
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Audio Editions

January 1966 : Audio Cassette

Title: The Embezzler
Author(s): Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 5557020357 / 978-5557020350
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

September 1980 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Embezzler
Author(s): Louis Auchincloss
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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