BEFORE THERE WAS MADOFF, THERE WAS HAROLD SMITH
“Ring of Deceit is an all-night page turner… reads like a crime thriller.”
—Journal of Sports History
The flashy promoter known as Harold Smith, head of Muhammad Ali Professional Sports, had the world on a string. Women, drugs, yachts, and racehorses were his toys. He was set to pull off his biggest deal ever and was on the verge of controlling an entire sport: the wide world of professional boxing. Then, his empire collapsed… and headlines across the country screamed scandal.
Ring of Deceit is the true story of this lavish sports and entertainment kingdom, the high-rolling lifestyle of the people who ran it, and the staggering secret crime on which it was based. Through the eyes of those caught up in the scheme and those who brought them to justice, this riveting tale exposes the lies and manipulation that toppled officials of one of the nation’s largest banks and spawned the biggest computerized bank embezzlement of its day.
Teeming with fast-paced adventure, crime, suspense, and courtroom drama, Ring of Deceit chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of one of the greatest swindlers of all time.