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Fraud In The Evolution Of American Capitalism

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Princeton University Press
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Since the beginning of a capitalist economy in the United States, business endeavors have been fraught with examples of fraud and deceit. In his new book, “Fraud: An American History From Barnum to Madoff” (Princeton University Press/2017), Edward Balleisen chronicles the history of fraud in the U.S., from mail-order scams in the 19th century to examples of corporate fraud in the late 20th and early 21st century. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Balleisen about the history and evolution of fraud and corporate regulation in America. Balleisen is also an assistant professor of history and public policy at Duke University. 

This is a rebroadcast. The original air date was March 8, 2017.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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