Fun While it Lasted : My Rise and Fall in the Land of Fame and Fortune

Fun While it Lasted : My Rise and Fall in the Land of Fame and Fortune

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In the tradition of Liar's Poker , here is a wildly entertaining account by one of America's high stakes players -- who lost it all when he was indicted for fraud.

"The first thing everyone wants to know is how I did it. How had I turned my intelligence, nerve, and a bit of fraud, into a business worth hundreds of millions of dollars. And how had I hidden the truth, while enjoying a jet setting public life for so many years."

Bruce McNall became obsessed with coin collecting at the age of 10. At 16, his collection was worth $60,000. During college, he traveled the world buying coins stolen from ancient sites and tombs. McNall's first major sale was to Sy Weintraub, the head of Panavision, who bought $500,000 worth of coins in one sitting. Soon, McNall branched out into horse racing, movie making ( The Fabulous Baker Boys ), and owning the L.A. Kings hockey team.

But in the 1990s, his house of cards collapsed, and McNall was sent to prison for defrauding investors. Fun While It Lasted is his whirlwind story of life as a player, including:

--How he convinced Wayne Gretzky to leave the Edmonton Oilers to play for his L.A. Kings
--How he helped Merrill Lynch start a coin fund which eventually lost millionsof dollars
--How he and movie producer David Begelman played fast and loose with other people's money