RUSE: Lying the American Dream from Hollywood to Wall Street is the story of a young man who dreams of stardom but can’t quite shake everything he’s learned growing up in the family car business.
RUSE lives in a unique intersection of Hollywood and Wall Street as Robert tries to straddle both worlds: interacting with entertainment legends as a burgeoning actor while making ends meet as corporate spy, coaxing people inside big Wall Street firms to reveal information and secrets that could bring down companies worth billions of dollars—and bring him into the crosshairs of the authorities.
“Robert Kerbeck has mastered the art of social engineering, or what he calls ‘rusing’, and taken it to a whole new level.”
“RUSE exposes the dark, greedy, narcissistic side of Wall Street and Big Business in general. Kerbeck out-cons the top con-artists—sophisticated CEOs. And he does it over the phone. Wow! In my day I had to fly around the world!”
“With honesty and verve, Robert Kerbeck delivers an irresistible portrait of actors and grifters in the work-a-day world of corporate espionage.”
“I loved RUSE! What a crazy story, and believe me, I know crazy. Successful spies are great storytellers, and Robert Kerbeck ranks up there with the best of them.”
“Robert Kerbeck’s memoir, RUSE, is a riveting tale of desire and deception in a world where lies are necessary currency and where con artists can end up convincing everyone, even themselves.”