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RUSE

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.

  • Dive deep into the Ruse and discover the corporate spying industry, a shadow world most people have never even heard of.
  • Featuring interactions with entertainment legends including Paul Newman, George Clooney, Al Pacino, Kevin Spacey, Yoko Ono, O.J. Simpson, and MORE!
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Testimonials

  • “Robert Kerbeck has mastered the art of social engineering, or what he calls ‘rusing’, and taken it to a whole new level.”

    Frank Abagnale, author of Catch Me If You Can and Scam Me If You Can
  • “Kerbeck has a very compelling writing style and can pull off humor, too, which isn’t easy. I really enjoyed RUSE.”
    Bradley Hope, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale
  • RUSE lives at a truly unique intersection of Hollywood meets Wall Street, and I found myself laughing with and rooting for Robert throughout this book. His personality leaps off the page—he’s a great storyteller and RUSE is a can’t miss best seller.”
    Rob Golenberg, Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed Showtime series, Your Honor
  • 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!”

    John Perkins, New York Times Bestselling Author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
  • “With honesty and verve, Robert Kerbeck delivers an irresistible portrait of actors and grifters in the work-a-day world of corporate espionage.”

    Jess Walter, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Beautiful Ruins
  • “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.”

    Valerie Plame, Author of Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House
  • “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.”

    Lee Martin, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and author of Gone the Hard Road
  • “In RUSE, Robert Kerbeck reveals himself to be a scoundrel, a raconteur, and a masterful storyteller. In the course of becoming an unlikely spy, his various masks are so seamless that readers are swept along. Sometimes memoirs forget to give readers a good story. Not here. What other book features a narrator attending a soiree at Paul Newman’s Manhattan apartment, and appearing in an O.J. Simpson exercise video? And that’s just for starters. This compelling page-turner is an absolute hoot.”
    Sue William Silverman, author, How to Survive Death and Other Inconveniences
  • With former CIA spy and high school classmate Valerie Plame

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