Sex, Love, and Money: Revenge and Ruin in the World of High-Stakes Divorce (Hardcover)

Sex, Love, and Money: Revenge and Ruin in the World of High-Stakes Divorce By Gerald Nissenbaum, John Sedgwick Cover Image

Sex, Love, and Money: Revenge and Ruin in the World of High-Stakes Divorce (Hardcover)


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One of the nation's top divorce lawyers opens his case files to share true stories that rival the most outrageous fiction

Gerald Nissenbaum knows everything about his clients-how much is in their bank accounts, what kind of sex their spouses like, if they married for money or power, and who cheated with whom. For the first time in his long career, Nissenbaum gives the lowdown on all the antics he's experienced in dealing with clients who have money to burn.

From a C-note hooker-turned-trophy-wife who put her dying husband into a nursing home and drained his bank accounts, to the dad who spent millions to recover the kids his wife kidnapped, this memoir is by turns dark, cathartic, vengeful, and hilarious as it describes the high-end, high-conflict divorces that ruin the lives of everyone involved.

Currently commanding $700 per hour, Nissenbaum sees firsthand how neurotic, unrealistic, status-hungry, manipulative, and sex-crazed his multimillion-dollar clients can be. In the style of Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, Nissenbaum and Sedgwick blow the doors off the dark side of marriage, making this outrageous and compelling memoir a truly guilty pleasure.

Product Details ISBN: 9781594630637
Publisher: Hudson Street Press
Publication Date: February 4th, 2010
Pages: 288

"Sex, Love and Money is the Kitchen Confidential of divorce-a deliciously gossipy, scandal-filled, insider's view of the high-stakes, big- money world we rarely get to see."
-Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Vanished and High Crimes

"With wit and wisdom, this amazing book shows how the rich disassemble their marriages, dishing vivid examples of how some clients take greed to a whole other level. The authors' description of the "victims" rings true-sometimes funny, sometimes tragic. As a fellow matrimonial lawyer, I know this book tells it how it is and I highly recommend it. A fast read with sound advice."
-Norman M. Sheresky, former President NY Chapter American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Emeritus Diplomat, American College of Family Trial Lawyers

"Crackling with hardboiled patter and insider goods, Sex, Love and Money transforms the business of divorce into the stuff of pulp fiction, low farce and grand tragedy. A detective, legal wonk and father confessor, Gerald Nissenbaum, along with co-author John Sedgwick, offers an exuberant expose that shuns cynicism in favor of bemusement, empathy and a giddy celebration of man's tenacity and capacity for folly."
-Molly Abott, Edgar Award-winning author of Queenpin and Bury Me Deep

"Sex, Love and Money is the first and only book I've read that captures the true essence of the practice of family law, exploring the causes-and effects-of divorce from an insider's perspective. As entertaining as it is useful, nothing else you will see or read will provide the breadth of knowledge and insight available here."
-Michael McCurley, McCurley, Orsinger, McCurly, Nelson & Downing LLP Dallas, TX, former president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and diplomat of American College of Family Trial Lawyers

"...As one who has been in the trenches for 42 years myself, I can tell you that Jerry has captured the best and the worst of [divorce] stories. He has done what his peers have threatened to do, [showing] the inside story of divorce litigation with humor, compassion and reality."
-J. Lindsey Short, Jr., ShortCarterMorris LLP Houston, Texas; former president, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers

"The gut-wrenching nasty tactics of divorce are fully exposed in Gerald Nissenbaum and John Sedgwick's Sex, Love and Money...these fascinating cases are compelling, riveting and engrossing. A must read."
-Robert Stephan Cohen, Esq., Cohen Lans LLP, New York City; Diplomate, American College of Family Trial Lawyers