The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora's Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance
January 20, 2011 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Hellhound of Wallstreet:
How Ferdinand Pecora's Investigation of the Great Crash
Forever Changed American Finance
A lunch talk with the author, Michael Perino
Stanford Law School (map)
Lunch will be provided
About the Event: In the worst depths of the Great Depression, former prosecutor turned Senate inquisitor Ferdinand Pecora captivated the country with his investigation of Wall Street. Pecora revealed how the country’s elite financiers manipulated stocks, dodged taxes, and collected enormous bonuses for peddling shoddy securities to unsuspecting Americans. The sensational headlines galvanized public opinion for reform, paving the way for Congress to radically reshape financial regulation.
Professor Perino--the author of the recently published The Hellhound of Wall Street, part biography of Pecora and part gripping courtroom drama--will describe some aspects of this almost forgotten chapter of our national history. Professor Perino will also highlight the story's remarkable contemporary relevance, reminding us again of the delicate and crucial relationship between Wall Street and government.
About Michael Perino: Michael Perino is currently the Dean George W. Matheson Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law in New York. A former Wall Street litigator, Perino has testified in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives and has consulted with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is frequently quoted in the media on securities and corporate matters. He has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Marketplace, on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS, and on CNBC.
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