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Octopus: An exhaustive—and exhausting—chronicle of Sam Israel’s Bayou delusions

Like investors in Bayou, readers of Guy Lawson’s new book won't know what to believe.

 Octopus: Sam Israel, the Secret Market, and Wall Street's Wildest Conby Guy LawsonCrown Publishers$26.00You can’t blame the material. The story of Sam Israel, the Bayou Group founder and subject of Guy Lawson’s new Octopus, is almost too outlandish to be true. Son of a wealthy family, Israel built a $450

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