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Whirlwind: The Butcher Banking Scandal Hardcover – Dec 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 647 pages
  • Publisher: Whirl Wind (December 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882194756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882194759
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 18 x 5.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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By A Customer on April 29 2004
Format: Hardcover
Frankly, I feel I just have to dispute the above negative review(s).
I have severe reservations about writing a public review myself, but having re-read the book a second time, I simply feel it is my civic duty at this point to do so. I just cannot justifiably let this go without investing my own 2¢ into the pot. The review that I most question was OBVIOUSLY made by someone who has a personal interest in this ONGOING saga, and who also OBVIOUSLY has a personal interest in discrediting this author's integrity. To each his own, I guess... We all have our opinions. Some of us are just a bit more objective than others about this "situation" involving these present-day ECONOMIC TERRORISTS. Yes, I said it - ECONOMIC TERRORISTS!!! That's all they are. C.H. Butcher may be dead and gone, but some of the remaining characters are still on the prowl among us. This is something everyone in America should be aware of... that there ARE enemies among us... and these smooth-talking people, with thier corruption, contempt, and total disregard for the law and all moral standards (not to mention thier ***continuing*** antics) cost us ALL in the long run. How many more VICTIMS must lose thier life savings to these guys before they are finally stopped? How many more innocent "investors" must be stomped on before someone stomps back? This book is an education to all about the true evils that lurk among us. True, "Whirlwind" is not Stephen King fiction... its not supposed to be.... its not intended as entertainment... This is a ***real life*** horror story. There are no talking aardvarks or child ghosts with death bells ...
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By A Customer on Feb. 22 2004
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the previous reviewer. Where was the editor? And not all of the author's information is correct. Lincoln Memorial University's old gym is Mary E. Mars gym and the new arena is named the Tex Turner Arena - neither named for the Butcher's. This is an incredible story as I remember the rise and fall of this family - however, the Knoxville News Sentinel's reports were better written and more accurate than this book and that's a shame. The book is not inexpensive, either.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9c21eb64) out of 5 stars 11 reviews
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c424030) out of 5 stars I can't believe it's not better! June 22 2001
By Sam L. Clapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Sandra Lea's book is--at times--entertaining and informative. It certainly has the veneer of believablilty to those of us who lived through the collapse of the banking empire of Jake and CH Butcher back in the early '80's. There are NO sources cited, however--no notes, no references, no biliography, nothing--that might lend this book some historical credibility. Clearly, much of the book's material comes from court records--I can't fathom that anyone would speak so stiltedly to another human being in an interview--but which court? Whose trial? The book is packed with essentialy unusable information from a research standpoint, because none of it is backed up with hard evidence. Who is this Sandra Lea? She has not included anything in the book that might establish her credentials. Why has she written this book? Is she a financial researcher? A local historian? A former depositor with a personal vendetta?
Worse, Lea's writing jumps through the history it discloses most haphazardly. First it's 1973, then 1982, then 1984. We read passages from before the 1982 World's Fair, then the subsequent fall of the Butchers in 83 and 84, then jump back to have a scene of Jake wooing exhibitors for the Fair. It's as if she never had an editor look over the work, as if she simply wrote down everything she found out. It's such a SHAME, too! The story is so interesting, so naturally dramatic on its own, that, written well, this book could be of interest to everyone in the US, rather than merely the targeted local Tennessee population that its typesetting, printing, and binding belie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c424018) out of 5 stars Ms. Lea passed away January 2015 July 14 2015
By Sunsphere lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Lea did the most detailed research on this topic that was done by any individual. She was allowed to see the files kept by Jesse Barr and interviewed Mr. Barr on numerous occasions as well as interviewing other noted players in this sad tale. After the book was published she discovered some of the information was not as accurate as she had believed, however, what she had was believed to be the facts at the time. Her book is the most detailed and behind-the-scenes tale of these events as you will ever get, especially since many of those involved have passed away.
Ms. Lea passed away on January 31, 2015. Her death is a great loss for her family, friends, community and the world of books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7cc8ac) out of 5 stars A blockbuster chocked full of TRUTH IS STRANGER THAN FICTION! Dec 17 2011
By Golden Vol - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book epitimizes the old saying that "truth is stranger than fiction". The Butcher banking scandal rocked all of east Tennessee and the entire banking world. The precursor to the banking scandals of the last decade...this is a story which has to be read, remembered, and should be required reading in every business school in the world! Lea is a 5 star author!
HASH(0x9cc4e804) out of 5 stars A Good Factual Yarn. Sept. 11 2008
By Fabian F. Story - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found the book to be quite informative and well written with an eye to facts and research. I think the author took a dry topic and gave it excitement and history for those of us who were wee tots during the Butcher Era.

By Cheryl Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is awesome. It is a great history of the rise and fall of the Butcher family. I personally hate that the Butcher family was involved in this scandal, but the book is an excellent history.