By Geoffrey C. Ward
Ferdinand Ward used to be the best swindler of the Gilded Age. via his unapologetic villainy, he bankrupted Ulysses S. furnish and ran roughshod over the complete international of finance. Now, his compelling, behind-the-scenes tale is told—told by means of his great-grandson, award-winning historian Geoffrey C. Ward.
Ward used to be the Bernie Madoff of his day, a meant genius at making monstrous cash quickly on Wall highway who became out to were working an incredible pyramid scheme—one that eventually collapsed in a single of the best monetary scandals in American heritage. The son of a Protestant missionary and small-town pastor with secrets and techniques of his personal to maintain, Ward got here to long island at twenty-one and in lower than a decade, armed with appeal, power, and a complete loss of moral sense, made himself the company accomplice of the previous president of the us and was once generally hailed because the “Young Napoleon of Finance.” truthfully, he grew to become out to be an entire fraud, his complete existence marked via dishonesty, cowardice, and contempt for whatever yet his personal interests.
Drawing from hundreds of thousands of relations records by no means sooner than tested, Geoffrey C. Ward lines his great-grandfather’s speedy upward push to riches and reputation and his much more dizzying fall from grace. There are mistresses and mansions alongside the best way; quickly horses and crooked bankers and corrupt ny officers; court docket confrontations and 6 years in Sing Sing; and Ferdinand’s determined scheme to kidnap his personal son to get his fingers at the property his overdue spouse had left the boy. here's a nice tale a few vintage American con artist, advised with boundless attraction and dry wit through considered one of our best historians.
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A Disposition to Be Rich: How a Small-Town Pastor's Son Ruined an American President, Brought on a Wall Street Crash, and Made Himself the Best-Hated Man in the United States by Geoffrey C. Ward