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Fat Leonard : how one man bribed, bilked, and seduced the U.S. Navy  Cover Image Book Book

Fat Leonard : how one man bribed, bilked, and seduced the U.S. Navy / Craig Whitlock.

Whitlock, Craig, (author.).


All the admirals in the US Navy knew Leonard Glenn Francis -- either personally or by his legendary reputation. He was the larger-than-life defense contractor who greeted them on the pier whenever they visited ports in Asia, ready to show them a good time after weeks at sea while his company resupplied their ships and submarines. He was famed throughout the fleet for the gluttonous parties he hosted for officers: 1,000-per-person dinners at Asia’s swankiest restaurants, featuring unlimited Dom Pérignon, Cuban cigars, and sexy young women. On the surface, with his flawless American accent, he seemed like a true friend of the Navy. What the brass didn’t realize, until far too late, was that Francis had seduced them by exploiting their entitlement and hubris. While he was bribing them with gifts, lavish meals, and booze-fueled orgies, he was making himself obscenely wealthy by bilking American taxpayers. Worse, he was stealing military secrets from under the admirals’ noses and compromising national security. Based on reams of confidential documents -- including the blackmail files that Francis kept on Navy officers -- Fat Leonard is the full, unvarnished story of a world-class con man and a captivating testament to the corrosive influence of greed within the ranks of the American military. -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982131630
  • ISBN: 1982131632
  • Physical Description: x, 460 pages, 16 unnunmbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-445) and index (pages 447-460).
Formatted Contents Note:
Chain of command -- Ships of the Seventh Fleet -- Prologue -- Part one: 1986-2005. A good whipping -- The striver -- Ring of steel -- Leonard the legend -- Part two: 2006. Mr. Make-It-Happen -- Naked bribery -- Seducing the Seventh Fleet -- Grand ambitions -- The wedding planner -- Part three: 2007-2011. Leaky embassies -- Dirty secrets -- The nemesis -- Mikey -- The special agent -- Part four: 2011-2012. Spousal privileges -- Change of command -- The ghostwriter -- Spy vs. spy -- The birthday ball -- Loose lips sink ships -- Part five: 2013. Family man -- Baiting a trap -- Party on -- Busted -- Shock waves -- Panic attacks -- Part six: 2013-2014. Spilling some beans -- Twig -- Crazy Bob -- The admirals strike back -- Part seven: 2015-2022. Flipped -- Bad memories -- A secret prognosis -- The great escape -- Epilogue.
Subject: Francis, Leonard Glenn, 1964-
United States. Navy > Officers.
United States. Navy > Corrupt practices.
Swindlers and swindling.
Defense contracts.
Defense information, Classified.
Genre: Informational works.
True crime stories.
Illustrated works.

Available copies

  • 11 of 13 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 364 WHITLOCK 2024 (Text) 0001012550552 Nonfiction New Checked out 07/23/2024

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